Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

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Salford Royal Hospital
Salford Hope Hospital.jpg
The Hospital in 2006
Location Pendleton, Salford, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type General
Affiliated university University of Manchester
Emergency department Level 1 Trauma Center
Beds 728
Founded 1882
Lists Hospitals in England

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust runs Salford Royal Hospital (formerly Hope Hospital), a large hospital in Salford, England. It is one of the top performing hospitals in the United Kingdom [1][2][3][4].

Salford Royal Hospital has strong affiliations to the University of Manchester and is a teaching hospital of Manchester Medical School. Leading research departments include one of the largest dermatology centres in the United Kingdom, gastroenterology, vascular, trauma and clinical neurosciences (which houses the University of Manchester's 3T MRI scanner).


The hospital opened in 1882 as the Salford Union Infirmary,[5] a hospital for sick paupers, in association with the union workhouse. An Oglala Lakota Native American named Surrounded By the Enemy had his corpse brought here in December 1887. He performed as a stuntsman in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show tour at the time of his death. During the Manchester Blitz of World War II, the original Salford Royal Hospital on Chapel Street was struck by German bombs in June 1941 and 14 nurses died. The current hospital was originally named Hope Hospital (during most of the 20th century), taking the name of the medieval Hope Hall, demolished in 1956.[6] The formation of the NHS Trust in 1994 saw the closure of the original Salford Royal Hospital on Chapel Street. The trust was originally named Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, but changed its name to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in 2006.[7]

During 2007, a substantial redevelopment commenced under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI), which included re-branding the hospital as "Salford Royal" and the construction of the Hope Building, which opened in September 2011.[8][9]


Salford Royal was comprehensively redeveloped as part of the Salford Health Investment for Tomorrow (SHIFT) programme,[10] comprising a £130 million PFI contract to construct a number of new hospital units and a separate £30 million modernisation contract, both signed with Consort Healthcare. Among the new units will be a cancer centre in partnership with Christie Hospital NHS Trust.

The first stage of the redevelopment is completed and has been opened, however work is still being carried out to remove the buildings that housed the wards that moved to the new building. The IT block will remain, as it is a listed building. The site that the former building occupied will become the visitors' car park for the hospital, replacing the one that is currently in use now.

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  5. ^ Cooper 2005, p. 162
  6. ^ Cooper 2005, p. 84
  7. ^ NHSFT annual report – August 06–March 07, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, retrieved 13 February 2011 
  8. ^ "Linking Opportunity and Need: Maximising the Regeneration Benefits from Physical Investment", Scottish Executive, 2008, retrieved 26 August 2011.
  9. ^ Cranna, Ailsa, "Salford Royal Hospital’s new Hope building set to open", Salford Advertiser, 11 August 2011, retrieved 26 August 2011.
  10. ^ Douglas, Calbert H.; Higgins, Alan; Dabbs, Chris; Walbank, Mick (August 2004), "Health impact assessment for the sustainable futures of Salford", Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 58 (8): 642–648, doi:10.1136/jech.2003.010397 


  • Cooper, Glynis (2005), Salford: An Illustrated History, The Breedon Books Publishing Company, ISBN 1-85983-455-8 

Coordinates: 53°29′14″N 2°19′25″W / 53.48722°N 2.32361°W / 53.48722; -2.32361