About Us

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The Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust serves the communities of North Manchester, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham, along with the surrounding towns and villages. This area is collectively known as the North-East sector of Greater Manchester and has a population of around 820,000.

It is a large Trust with a total operating budget of over half a billion pounds. Its main commissioners are NHS Bury, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, NHS Oldham and NHS Manchester.

The Trust provides a range of elective emergency, district general services, some specialist services and operates from four sites:

Our major services are largely situated on two sites at North Manchester General Hospital and The Royal Oldham Hospital, each serving a population of approximately 400,000. This population base ties in with the recommendations of various Royal Colleges (the bodies that plan doctors' training) about the size of population needed to maintain services.

In May 2016 the Trust formed a new improved partnership with the University of Manchester Medical School which means the Trust is now teaching even more doctors as a Teaching Hospital Trust.

Following a large-scale redesign of our clinical services between 2010 and 2013, new arrangements now mean we provide two major emergency receiving hospitals at North Manchester and The Royal Oldham, supported by our emergency medical and elective surgery services at Fairfield General.

Our innovative Urgent Care Centre, Clinical Assessment Unit and day surgery services at Rochdale Infirmary bring us to the position where we have the critical mass of population and patient throughput to ensure these services remain clinically sustainable for the future.

The Trust provides services in the following principle specialties:

  1. Accident and Emergency
  2. Diagnostics, comprising: Anaesthetics; Pathology; Radiology; Critical Care and Clinical Professions
  3. Medicine, comprising: sexual health and infectious disease; Endocrinology and Diabetes; Elderly Care and Rheumatology; Cardiology, Respiratory, Oncology and Palliative Care and General Medicine
  4. Specialist services, comprising: HIV/ AIDS and renal care.
  5. Surgery, comprising: General surgery; Orthopaedics; Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery; Dental; Ophthalmology; Urology and Gastroenterology
  6. Women and Children, comprising: Gynaecology; Obstetrics; Community Midwifery and Paediatric care
  7. Community Services in North Manchester; comprising: Active Case Management, Community Nutrition, Continence, District Nursing, Falls and Navigator, Funded Nursing Care, Home Enteral Feeding, Intermediate Care, Macmillan Nursing & Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry/Vascular Triage, Stroke, Tissue Viability/Leg Ulcer Service.
We employ around 9,000 staff and we aim to deliver high quality healthcare services to the patients and communities we serve.

Population served by the Trust

  Bury Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale North Manchester Oldham Total
Population ('000) 185.8 208 144.8 221.7 760.3
% Total 24.4% 27.4% 19.0% 29.2% 100


Source: ONS, Neighbourhood data, 2001 census

Top Ten Facts

Last year the Trust:

  • Spent over £500 million (about £1.5m per day) on providing healthcare services for local people.
  • Invested £8.1 million on capital programmes and in maintaining and improving the physical estate and on smaller projects to develop frontline clinical services. 
  • Spent £4.0 million on medical and scientific equipment and £6.8 million on information technology to support front line clinical services. 
  • Saw 317,347 Type 1, 2 and 3 A&E (urgent care) cases.
  • Saw 688,262 outpatients, 117,656 total inpatients and 73,835 day cases.
  • Delivered 9,785 babies
  • Made 152,551 visits to patients in their own homes to provide treatment and care.
  • Issued over 1 million items from pharmacy to inpatients, outpatients, patient discharges and ward stocks.
  • Re-processed / sterilised 223,905 instrument tray sets and 107,179 single instruments
  • Provided over 1.6 million patient meals.