The move into the new Greater Manchester Major Trauma Hospital (GMMTH) is now well underway with teams working to safely prepare the building for our patients and service users.
The GMMTH is a facility for the people of Greater Manchester that will significantly enhance the care that major trauma patients receive. It is located on the Salford Royal site and is due to open to patients and visitors in winter 2023.
The new trauma hospital will support the approach to major trauma in Greater Manchester which is a partnership with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, North West Ambulance Service, North West Air Ambulance, and the Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board ensuring patients from across Greater Manchester get the right care in the right place.
The GMMTH will make it possible for people who have suffered a major trauma to be quickly brought to one place, which has the right teams of clinicians with the right skills, facilities, technology, and equipment to help them. This also means that the clinical teams can be brought to the patient – rather than the patient having to be moved around the hospital site to multiple locations.
The hospital will feature 90 new in-patient beds, five new theatres, including the new state-of-the-art RAPTOR theatre, the first hybrid major trauma theatre in the UK, and other new facilities including treatment rooms, scanning and X-ray areas. The building also features a helipad allowing trauma patients to receive even faster access to highly specialised, life-saving treatment.
The new facility will allow clinical teams to also support in the recovery of trauma patients by providing them with three 24-bed wards including an enhanced care unit. This will allow our trauma patients to access essential recovery services in one location including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychological support and nutrition and hydration assistance.
While there is still work to be done to make the building fully operational including familiarising and training the teams who will work there and moving furniture and equipment in, it has been an excellent time to share the progress so far with colleagues from across Greater Manchester.
Most recently we welcomed our colleagues from the Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Salford City Council to view the patient pathway through the hospital starting from the Helipad deck, scanning areas, theatres and resuscitation unit to the recovery area and patient wards. Other visits have included our Northwest Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Police colleagues, Healthwatch representatives, our public governors and former major trauma patients.
Jude Adams, Chief Delivery Officer, NCA said: “The Greater Manchester Major Trauma Hospital building as it stands now is a true achievement, and credit goes to all our teams for their hard work, including our building commissioning colleagues, programme leads, clinical and estates colleagues and contractors who have all had an important part to play to get us this far.
“I am looking forward to what is to come over the next little while as we continue to see the inside of the trauma hospital taking shape, moving over furniture, technology, and equipment, and providing the chance for colleagues to familiarise themselves and adapt to their new working environments.
“It’s an exciting time and I can’t wait to see the building in action when it opens and to share it with our patients and partners across Greater Manchester.”
The GMMTH is part of the Government’s New Hospital Programme, which aims to build 40 new hospitals by 2030.