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Our History

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was established on 1st January 2009 after being authorised by Monitor. Up until then it was known as Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals Trust which was founded on 1st April 2001. It brought together Central Manchester Healthcare NHS Trust and the Manchester Children's Hospitals NHS Trust following a period of public consultation and the final decision by the Secretary of State. It comprises the following hospitals who were established as follows:

On 1st April 2012 the organisation welcomed the hospitals which were previously under the management of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust.  These included:  Trafford General; Altrincham Hospital and Stretford Memorial.

Royal Visits over the YearsQueen Visit 2012

Over the years we have been honoured by many Royal Visits, the first being on 6th July 1909 when King Edward VII opened the newly building Manchester Royal Infirmary building on Oxford Road and the most recent being the official opening of the new hospitals on the Oxford Road site on 23rd March 2012.

Click here to see a brief timeline.

Manchester Royal InfirmaryFirst MRI

Manchester Royal Infirmary was founded in 1752 in a small 12-bedded house in the city centre (pictured).  We are now a large teaching hospital for Manchester University's Medical School and a specialist regional centre for kidney and pancreas transplants, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery. The MRI has boasted many medical breakthroughs, the most recent last year when we were the first hospital in the UK to undertake 4,000 kidney transplants and the first to have undertaken 1,000 cochlear implants.  For a more detailed (print version) history of Manchester Royal Infirmary click here

Saint Mary's HospitalSMH

Saint Mary's Hospital was founded in 1790 and, over the years, has successfully developed a wide range of world class medical services for women, babies and children as well as a comprehensive Genetics Centre.

The staff at Saint Mary's now deliver over 7,000 babies each year.  Over 1,000 staff work at the hospital and provide the highest standards of care in: Obstetrics/Maternity; Gynaecology; Genetics and Newborn Intensive Care. Click here for a more detailed (print version) history.

Pictured: Saint Mary's Hospital on Hathersage Road 1970-2009

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital MREH Oxford Road

The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital was established in 1814 and is now one of the largest teaching eye hospitals in Europe and one of only two dedicated eye hospitals in the country.  Globally acknowledged as a centre of excellence, the Eye Hospital is renowned for its pioneering work in all aspects of ophthalmology, including the Emergency Eye Centre, Acute Referral Centre, Ophthalmic Imaging, Ultrasound Unit, Electrodiagnosis, Laser Unit, Optometry, Orthoptics, Manchester Eye Bank and Ocular Prosthetics.

Click here for a more detailed (print version) history.

Royal Manchester Children's HospitalPendlebury

The Hospital at Pendlebury was the first in the UK to treat only children when it opened in 1829. By 1852, the Hospital was receiving so many patients, it was necessary to amass donations to move to a larger building, enabling the Royal at Pendlebury to care for at least 7,000 patients a year.

In the first century after opening, the Hospital at Pendlebury treated in excess of 80,000 patients. Locating the dispensary onsite allowed hospital staff to give patients quick access to the medical care they needed, and prevented the onset of disease by distributing information on hygiene and health.

Through its commitment to stalling the onset of disease, Pendlebury became recognised in 1924 as the leading institute for nursing training - trainee nurses all had to gain certification attained only by being taught at the facility at Pendlebury. Click here for a more detailed (print version) history.

Dental HospitalDental Hospital

The Dental Hospital was founded in 1883 to serve the dental side of the medical school by allowing staff and students to attend to patients unable to pay for private dental treatment.

The passing of the 1878 Dental Act had introduced a new Register for Licensed Dentists and once the Royal College of Surgeons gave the new hospital formal recognition as a teaching site in 1884, students began to seek instruction. As for patients, the hospital's governing body decided to open the Hospital's treatment rooms three evenings a week for the working poor who would otherwise lose wages if attending in day-time. This scheme (which was never adopted in any ordinary hospital) proved a roaring success, and by 1887 the Hospital was treating more than 10,000 patients per year, the great majority during the evenings. Click here for a more detailed (print version) history.

Booth Hall HospitalBooth Hall

1851 was a significant year for the city because not only was it the year that Humphrey Booth was born, but with it a caring nature that has passed through generations which has turned Booth Hall Hospital into one of the most talked about children's hospitals in the country.

Booth bought a piece of land in Blackley before 1907, when the building was demolished to make way for the new Hospital. The infirmary opened in 1908.

Click here for a full (print version) history of Booth Hall Children's Hospital.


Trafford Hospitals  Trafford Hospital

Trafford Hospitals provides a wide range of district general hospital services to a population of over 200,000 in the borough of Trafford, west of Manchester, from three locations:

Trafford General Hospital was officially opened as Park Hospital Davyhulme in 1929 and became the first NHS hospital when it was opened in 1948 by Aneurin Bevan.

History of the Trust


On 1st April 1991 - Manchester Central Hospitals and Community Care NHS Trust became a first wave Trust.  We comprised:  Manchester Royal Infirrmary, Saint Mary's, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Dental Hospital, Barnes Hospital and associated community services.

At the end of 1992 we changed our name to:  Central Manchester Healthcare Trust

In 2001 we merged with Manchester Children's Hospitals NHS Trust to become Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was established on 1st January 2009 after being authorised by Monitor as a Foundation Trust.

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