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Manchester Children's Hospital

The new Royal Manchester Children's Hospital opened on Thursday 11th June 2009. It  has been designed so that all departments are close to the equipment and support that they need. This means patients and staff won't have to travel far within the hospital. With 371 beds it is the largest single-site children's hospital in the UK.

The new children's hospital provides:

  • An integrated paediatric service to Greater Manchester and beyond.
  • Latest medical equipment and information technology.
  • Play centre, schooling, limited family accommodation and adolescent facilities to cater for the needs of the whole family.  (A 60 room Ronald McDonald House family accommodation building will be completed in 2012).

Children's services have relocated from Booth Hall and the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Pendlebury, as well as Saint Mary's, to the new Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

The new Paediatric Emergency Department (PED) provides a single point of access for all children with acute illness or injuries. There is much more space than in either of the departments at Booth Hall and MRI.


The (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) has two more operational beds (17) and the capacity to open a further four. One of these will open in 2010 and one in 2011 raising the total to 19. All the beds are equipped with state-of-the-art ventilators and monitoring systems. The layout of beds and cubicles will help nursing staff manage the care of the patients much more effectively. The PICU is much more spacious allowing greater separation of bed spaces. It has a higher ratio of hand wash basins to beds than the current provision and a modern sophisticated air conditioning system designed to rapidly clear airborne contamination.


HDU previously provides ten beds across two sites, but now provides 12 beds (with a capacity for a further three beds in the future) on a single site, located across the corridor from PICU, ensuring that both units work easily together.



The Burns Unit is adjacent to PICU and HDU. There is a therapy suite within the unit.
There is a psychology interview / counselling area, fully equipped adolescent day room with TV and Multi entertainment system, skin preparation area integral to burn theatre, children's dining area adjacent to play room and a fully equipped assessment bay for receiving new patients and initiating their management.


The new paediatric operating theatres are now together on one site and located on the first floor with the surgical wards, directly opposite the Elective Treatment Centre (ETC). The majority of patients coming to theatre come from the ETC which means that patients will only have a short distance to travel to and from theatre which will also improve the efficiency of the service. The theatres are also very close to the Critical Care areas so that our more seriously ill children will not have to be moved very far if they need surgical intervention. There will be additional recovery capacity so that patients can remain in there as long as necessary without creating a bottle neck during times of high activity.


The Children's Radiology Service was previously split between Pendlebury and Booth Hall. Moving to the new site has brought all of radiology into one department. It now contains the latest and newest equipment including an MRI scanner, the latest 128 slice CT scanner, which will enable expansion of our services, three ultrasound rooms and state-of-the-art digitised X-ray units. Major specialisms of the hospital include metabolic disorders, complex spinal, renal transplant, and Haematology/Oncology. Care by Parent is a new facility within the new hospital. A four bedded unit where children who have been classified as medically fit for discharge but whose parents will carry out the care for their child to provide them with more confidence.


The progress of the development could be seen by viewing the display boards which were renewed on a monthly basis at Booth Hall and Royal Manchester Children's Hospitals.