Hos­pi­tal to get he­li­pad and new A&E in up­grade

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By MARI EC­CLES Lo­cal Democ­racy Ser­vice

A NEW emer­gency depart­ment and he­li­pad deck are set to be built at Sal­ford Royal as plans move for­ward for the hos­pi­tal to be­come the ma­jor trauma hub in Greater Manch­ester.

The NHS foun­da­tion trust in Sal­ford has sub­mit­ted plans for a new ‘acute re­ceiv­ing cen­tre’ at the hos­pi­tal, so that it can cope with new pa­tients re­quir­ing emer­gency treat­ment.

Na­tional NHS bosses agreed to make Sal­ford the main ‘re­ceiv­ing site’ for ma­jor trauma in Greater Manch­ester, and health bosses are now pre­par­ing for an in­crease in pa­tients.

They are ask­ing for per­mis­sion to build a four to six storey build­ing with a rooftop he­li­pad on the site – and ex­pect that it would be used for one flight a day.

It would sit be­tween the Hope Build­ing and the Clin­i­cal Sciences Build­ing.

They hope that the ap­pli­ca­tion will be ap­proved on Thurs­day by Sal­ford coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee.

Of­fi­cers are rec­om­mend­ing that the plans are ap­proved.

The new build­ing would hold five theatre suites and space for 24 beds, and would em­ploy 185 full-time em­ploy­ees. It would be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, plan­ning doc­u­ments say. They add that the cur­rent lo­ca­tion for he­li­copter land­ing – as well as the trans­fer time be­tween it and the hos­pi­tal – means that the hos­pi­tal isn’t cur­rently seen as a ‘de­sir­able’ lo­ca­tion for treat­ing high-pri­or­ity pa­tients. “When some­one suf­fers an ac­ci­dent which in­volves mul­ti­ple or se­ri­ous in­juries that could re­sult in death or se­ri­ous dis­abil­ity, the speed at which they can get spe­cial­ist med­i­cal help can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death, or be­tween re­cov­er­ing and re­cov­er­ing well,” it said.

“In some sit­u­a­tions, the quick­est and best way to get a pa­tient to their Emer­gency Depart­ment is by he­li­copter. A he­li­pad on the hos­pi­tal site is re­quired to al­low for this,” it adds.

Only 22 air am­bu­lance pa­tients were treated there in 2018.

The A&E depart­ment treated 64,000 pa­tients last year de­spite only be­ing de­signed for a ca­pac­ity of 30,000.

Should the ap­pli­ca­tion be ap­proved then works are ex­pected to start in Fe­bru­ary 2020 with a com­ple­tion date sched­uled for early 2021. Plan­ning pa­pers say that de­vel­op­ers would pay some £50,000 for a mon­i­tor­ing cam­era at the Ec­cles Old Road/ Stott Lane junc­tion, £10,000 on signs to di­rect pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists to the hos­pi­tal and £75,000 per year on a res­i­dents’ park­ing scheme.

Plan­ning doc­u­ments

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