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Will there be much disruption throughout the development?

The current high level of service will be maintained throughout the development and the Trust will minimise disruption for patients, visitors, staff and the local community.

How is this new development being paid for?

The New Hospitals Development began during a period of time when the Government is committed to the largest ever sustained increase in NHS spending. This funding, combined with the Private Finance Initiative contributing around £400 million to the scheme will ensure the funds to deliver the quality and quantity of services needed.

What happened to the staff at other sites?

By improving the range of healthcare services we provide, the new hospitals offer our staff the opportunity to expand their own personal training and career development. A new hospital, a new direction - this is the career challenge our staff have been waiting for. With this in mind we worked very hard to recruit staff to help us. Nearly 2000 staff including nurses, play specialists, clinicians and physiotherapists - the essence of the Children's Hospitals - have relocated into the new home for Manchester's paediatric health care.

If my child has a minor illness or injury will I have to travel into the City to the new hospital for treatment or can I still go to Booth Hall or Pendlebury?

The Accident & Emergency Department at Booth Hall Children's Hospital saw more than 32,000 children each year. Local services for children in Salford and North Manchester are now provided in their respective localities. There is also a large Paediatric Emergency Department at the new hospital and observation beds to reduce the pressure on inpatient services. The specialist diagnostic services such as radiology and pathology offer a more integrated service as there is no need to travel between different hospitals.

Where will I be able to park?

There is a new car park on the corner of Upper Brook Street and Hathersage Road, providing over 1,600 new spaces for staff, patients and visitors. It has 24 hour Security Guard presence and has CCTV camera coverage. The ground floor is dedicated parking for visitors with mobility difficulties.