Why we needed New Hospitals
There is a great need to invest in our health care. Here are some of the main reasons that have driven the development of the new hospitals complex:
- We needed all of our specialists available on one site so that we can deal with emergency admissions who need expert care to a high standard without delay.
- As the adult population of Manchester increases so will the age group who have the highest demand for planned surgery. There will be an even greater need to ensure that patients requiring emergency treatment are kept separate so that the risk of cancelling planned operations due to lack of beds is kept to a minimum.
- One in six babies born in Manchester is of low birth weight - this is twice the national figure. Antenatal care, through to delivery and afterwards, needs to be highly co-ordinated to ensure that the Trust is best placed to provide a fully integrated range of services for small, vulnerable people with big needs, giving them the very best start in life.
- The old hospitals had cramped wards and long distances between departments, together with the poor fabric of the buildings, meant that it would have cost more to maintain the old hospitals than rebuild them.