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Chairman's Bulletin April 2011

Peter Mount at Ronald McDonald House ground break

Welcome to our latest e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.

I recently attended the ground break for the new 60-bedroom Ronald McDonald House, which is due to open in May 2010 and will be located on the site of the old Saint Mary's Hospital.  This £7.5million development is being funded by Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) to provide free 'home away from home' accommodation for families of seriously ill children being treated at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.  The House will provide accommodation for up to 60 families a night, 365 days a year. This exciting project will mark the completion of the Trust's new developments.

I was delighted to learn this month that our Trust is the safest place in the country to undergo bowel cancer surgery according to a study by Cancer Research UK. On average across the UK 6.7 per cent of patients, treated between 1998 and 2006, died within a month of undergoing bowel cancer surgery however at the Manchester Royal Infirmary this figure was much lower at just 1.7 per cent. The findings of this study are an excellent reflection of the benefits of being treated in hospital with our infrastructure, which offers a wide range of specialists in different disciplines working closely together.

If there is anything I can do to assist you in your role as a Governor, please contact me on 0161 276 8661 or at peter.mount@cmft.nhs.uk.