IMPORTANT *This is NOT about Manchester having only one hospital*. The ambition here is to bring all Manchester’s hospital services under one contract – in other words to require them to work together in ways which don’t currently happen.
North Manchester General Hospital
During the Conservative Party conference that took place in October 2019, Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave the ‘go ahead’ for a complete rebuild of North Manchester General Hospital (although how the project will be funded is still uncertain).
Since the announcement, the plans for the redevelopment of the North Manchester General Hospital site have gathered some serious momentum, building on work by public sector chiefs who came together to create a proposition document last year entitled, ‘The Future of the North Manchester General Hospital Site: A healthcare-led approach to civic regeneration'. This document outlines a vision whereby patient care is improved by creating a fully integrated ‘Civic Hub’ which would bring together health and social care, alongside community facilities in the area that include Crumpsall Park and the Abraham Moss Centre.
Macc have met with partners from Manchester Health and Care Commissioning and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust to begin discussions that aim to ensure that VCSE groups, who have an interest in health and wellbeing, are consulted throughout the planning phases of this redevelopment.
The Manchester VCSE Health and Wellbeing Leaders Group will be meeting with representatives from MHCC who are involved in this work in March 2020. This will be an opportunity for group members to gain clarity on how this proposition document came to exist in its current form, what decisions have been made already, and what we can influence going forward.
On 1 October 2017, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) joined with the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) to form Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT). The hospitals included are: Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Saint Mary's Hospital, The University Dental Hospital, Altrincham Hospital, Trafford General Hospital, Wythenshawe Hospital, and Withington Community Hospital. There are plans for North Manchester General Hospital, currently part of the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, to join at a later date.
The aim of this programme is to standardise care across the city and will bring the opportunity to increase research and education in the region, reduce duplication, integrate patient record systems, and recruit and retain the best staff. The individual hospitals will retain their current names. More information can be found on the MFT website - https://mft.nhs.uk/