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New children's hospital: a guide
in the atrium of the Manchester Children's Hospital
The largest children's hospital in the UK

The opening of the new Manchester Children's Hospital in June was the biggest shake-up in children's healthcare services in decades.

Costing £500m and taking five years to complete, it's the biggest children's hospital in the country with 370 beds.

It's expected to treat 35,000 children a year on a single site.

However, the opening of the hospital signalled the end for North Manchester's Booth Hall and Salford's Pendlebury, which closed their doors.

Manchester Children's Hospital: FAQs

Where is it?

The new Manchester Children's Hospital is on the same Oxford Road site as the Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI), Saint Mary's and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital with the main entrance on Hathersage Road.

When does it open?

The first patients arrived from Acorn Ward in St Mary's on Thursday 11 June 2009.

Specialist out-patient and in-patient services transfered from Booth Hall and the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Pendlebury over June and July 2009.

Does it have an Accident & Emergency department?

Outdoor play area at Manchester Children's Hospital
The new hospital has a special hospital school and play area

Yes. The new Paediatric Emergency Department was opened at 8am on 16th June.

However, that meant Booth Hall Accident & Emergency department closed.

What can patients and visitors expect?

The new hospital has 2,500 staff and boasts 371 beds; fold-down beds for parents; en-suite rooms; a hospital school and even a dispensing robot in the pharmacy.

What specialist services will be on offer?

There are specialisms in oncology, haematology, burns and orthopaedics, kidney transplant, metabolic and complex spinal care for thousands of children across the UK.

The hospital also has two MRI scanners, a new CT scanner, three ultrasound rooms and digitised X-ray units to cut waiting times.

What will happen to Booth Hall Children's Hospital?

Booth Hall shut its doors on 14 June. The A&E department had already closed and transferred to a new children's accident and emergency service at North Manchester General.

A number of out-patient clinics moved to North Manchester General and some moved to the new Children's Hospital in June.

And Pendlebury?

The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Pendlebury finally closed on 26 June with all services moving to the new hospital.

A new service called PANDA (Paediatric Assessment and Decision Area) opened at Salford Royal Hospital in May, enabling children to be observed for up to 24 hours.

A number of out-patient clinics moved to the new Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and some clinics stayed within Salford.

What about critical/intensive care?

The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Pendlebury Children's Hospital is one of the leading centres in the North West and the largest general PICU in the UK, admitting patients from premature babies to children up to 16 years.

This service moved to Oxford Road where there will be 17 intensive care beds, each worth in excess of £80,000, as well as 12 high dependency beds.

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