Prime Minister gives go-ahead for major development at Salford Royal

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Prime Minister gives go-ahead for major development at Salford Royal
02 October 2020

Building work will soon get underway at Salford Royal’s new multi-million pound Acute Receiving Centre (ARC).

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group is celebrating the confirmation of Government investment and approval by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today to go ahead with the development at Salford Royal.

Construction work will soon begin on the six-storey ARC. This centre will be home to Salford Royal’s trauma centre, which treats patients who have experienced life changing or life threatening injuries, for example, after a serious road traffic accident or serious fall. The ARC will also be the hub site for complex general surgery across Bolton, Salford and Wigan. This means that any patients from these areas who require high risk and emergency surgery will be brought to Salford for their operation. This will typically involve an abdominal procedure, for example, to treat a strangulated hernia or perforated bowel.

The new building brings 72 new in-patient beds, five new theatres and other new facilities including treatment rooms and X-ray areas. Crucially, the building will have a helipad so trauma patients can receive even faster access to highly specialised, life-saving treatment.

Northern Care Alliance Chief Executive Raj Jain said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to move ahead with building the Acute Receiving Centre at our Salford Royal site. This is going to significantly improve the level of care we can give to some of the sickest patients across Greater Manchester – those who have experienced major trauma injury and those patients requiring urgent or complex surgery.”

Mr Jim Potter, Chair of the NCA, stated: “We know that with the most seriously ill patients every second and minute counts. Our clinicians and patients have led the design of the ARC to bring together into one place all the expertise and equipment needed to give those patients the best chance of receiving rapid treatment and care.”

The building’s facilities include an expanded resuscitation area, a UK-first hybrid theatre for patients with multiple trauma injuries, and a corridor linking this building to Critical Care. In the ARC, consultants will lead the delivery of care 24 hours a day, meaning patients will also have round-the-clock access to the most experienced specialists.

With planning permission already granted for the ARC, building contractors BAM can now start the two-year long building project.

Dr Brookes, Executive Medical Director, added: “This is a really exciting time for us – and by us, we mean Greater Manchester. Salford Royal has been the lead provider for Greater Manchester major trauma services since 2015 and every year treats around 1,250 trauma patients, supporting these patients from their emergency care through to any on-going, follow-up care, for example, rehabilitation. The new building will allow us to bring this expertise to an additional 400 extra trauma patients a year who would’ve gone elsewhere.”

Mr Jain thanked the support that had been received from colleagues across Greater Manchester. He said: “Our partnership with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust will see us use this building as the home for a new single-service for general surgery. This new team will strive to provide a general surgery service with the best outcomes in the UK for its patients. To support this new model there will also be investment in the surgical ambulatory care services on both the Royal Bolton site and Royal Albert Edward Infirmary site at Wigan.

“We are delighted that the ARC is going to be playing such a key role in helping to strengthen and improve both trauma and general surgery services, ultimately keeping more people alive and receiving the treatment and follow-up care that they need to get them back home to their families.”

Notes to Editors

  1. Pictures of the development are available upon request
  2. For any further information or interview requests, please contact the Communications Team on 0161 206 8946.
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Raj Jain, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group

Dr Chris Brooks, Chief Medical Officer, Northern care Alliance NHS Group

Prof Sir Keith Porter, Senior Trauma Surgeon at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham