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New Saint Mary's Hospital handed over

Construction of the new and improved Saint Mary’s Hospital is complete. The new facility, one of four new hospitals making up the £500m new central Manchester hospitals development, replaces the current St Mary’s on Hathersage Road founded in 1790. Catalyst Healthcare (Manchester) Ltd, the private finance initiative (PFI) consortium managing the project, officially handed over the building to the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) on Friday 29th May. Roger Potts, general manager at Catalyst Healthcare in Manchester, commented: “This is the second hospital we have completed and delivered to the Trust in the last four weeks, both of them on budget, as part of this half a billion pound PFI project. This represents a new chapter for women’s healthcare in the region. “Saint Mary's has been synonymous with the provision of women’s and maternity services in Manchester for over two centuries. “The increasing demand for its services means the women’s hospital has outgrown its present building. The new Saint Mary’s will offer more space and improved facilities which will cater for the population of Greater Manchester for hundreds of years to come. “We are all set to deliver two more hospitals – Manchester Royal Infirmary and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital – by the end of June this year.” A period of the commissioning of the new hospital will now follow and an official opening date has now been set for mid-July. Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chairman, Peter Mount, added: “Saint Mary’s Hospital has a long tradition of providing maternity services to women and families in Manchester and further afield. Last year the staff at Saint Mary’s delivered over 5,100 babies. “Over the years, Saint Mary’s has successfully developed a wide range of world-class medical services for women, babies and children as well as a comprehensive Genetics Centre. Staff are now looking forward to moving into these new state-of-the-art facilities.” Built by Bovis Lend Lease, the new hospital will house 162 beds and include a larger maternity unit with eight en-suite delivery rooms with the capacity to deliver an additional 1,500 babies a year (nearly 7,000 in total). Care is provided for women from pre-conception through pregnancy, childbirth and during the postnatal period. A state-of-the-art newborn intensive care facility will offer an increased number of cots and allow optimised care for sick newborn infants. Other services moving to the new hospital include genetics, gynaecology, the Sexual Assault Referral Centre, radiology and enhanced birthing facilities such as a birthing pool. With four cutting-edge hospitals, the new healthcare development will cover a total area of over 265,000 square metres, nearly twice the size of the Trafford Centre, and deliver over 1,100 beds. When complete, the project will also deliver vital support services such as clinical sciences, education, training and nursery facilities as well as 1,600 car park spaces and site landscaping.