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Construction begins on new £68m Salford Royal hospital building

A new £68m hospital development at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has taken its next step, as building work began on the project.

The facility will support the Greater Manchester hospital - which forms part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group - in its role as the major trauma centre for the region. It will also act as the hub site for emergency general surgery for the North West of the region.

Salford Royal’s new hospital building, set to be called the James Potter Building, was named as part of the Government’s Health Infrastructure Plan, the biggest NHS hospital building programme in a generation which aims to deliver 48 new hospitals across the country by 2030.

The James Potter Building is set to be completed and open to receive its first patients by the summer of 2023.

The facility is set to receive 90% of all major trauma patients in Greater Manchester. These would include, for example, people who had suffered serious road traffic accidents or life-changing falls.

It will also be the hub site for high risk emergency surgery across Bolton, Salford and Wigan. This means that any high risk patients from these areas who require surgical or non-surgical intervention will be brought to Salford for their care.

Chief Executive of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, Raj Jain, said: “We are delighted to be bringing these fantastic new facilities to our site for the benefit of patients across Greater Manchester.

“If you receive a major trauma injury and live in the Greater Manchester area or you live in Salford, Bolton and Wigan and require an emergency procedure for a serious abdominal injury or condition, then it’s likely you will be cared for at the James Potter Building.

“The facility will be purpose-built for the sickest patients – whom, for many, time is of the essence in relation to their care and treatment.

“Features include a resuscitation area, five emergency theatres, inpatient beds, and diagnostic imaging, and a helipad.

“The building has been designed by architects working alongside our clinicians to ensure every detail is captured, for example, extra large lifts to accommodate those patients that are being moved around the building on beds alongside numerous pieces of life-saving equipment and with a full team of clinicians accompanying them.”

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