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.
children's hospital provides:
- An integrated paediatric service to Greater Manchester and
- 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
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
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