Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

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Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England
Care system NHS
Funding NHS foundation trust
Hospital type Teaching, Specialist (Paediatric)
Affiliated university School of Medicine, University of Manchester
Emergency department Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center
Beds 371
Founded 1829, at Pendlebury in 1873, new hospital on 11 June 2009
Lists Hospitals in England

The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital is a children's hospital in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, England. It was opened on 11 June 2009, after the closure of the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (founded 1829) in Hospital Road, Pendlebury, near Manchester, Booth Hall Children's Hospital in Blackley, North Manchester, and the St Mary's Hospital for neonatal services previously based nearby.

The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital is now part of the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It offers a range of specialities including oncology, haematology, bone marrow transplant, burns, genetics and orthopaedics. The hospital has 371 beds and with 185,000 annual patient visits.[1]


Pendlebury Children's Hospital[edit]

Manchester Children's Hospital was the first hospital in the United Kingdom to treat only children when it was founded in 1829. It started as a small dispensary treating sick children at 25 Back King Street in Manchester city centre. By 1855, it had developed to a six-bed hospital. In 1873, the hospital moved to Hospital Road, Pendlebury. In 1923, Pendlebury Children's Hospital was granted royal patronage. It cared for at least 7,000 patients a year. Under the NHS, the hospital expanded to 250 beds.[2]

Pendlebury Children's Hospital was based in buildings dating from the Victorian era. The hospital canteen contained a framed letter from Florence Nightingale praising the structure of the hospital and asking for contact details of its architect. It provided regional services in paediatric oncology, surgery, otolaryngology, orthopaedics, respiratory medicine, endocrinology, neurology, neurosurgery, nephrology and urology. The hospital a high dependency and the regional intensive care unit and was internationally recognised for its work with metabolic and endocrine diseases.

Booth Hall Children's Hospital[edit]

Old Booth Hall Children's Hospital site

Booth Hall Children's Hospital, in Charlestown Road, Blackley, in North Manchester, was opened in 1908, by Humphrey Booth, who had bought the land and commissioned its building. It cared for the poor, and from 1914 for wounded soldiers from World War I. It reverted to a children's hospital in 1926. The Booth Hall Infirmary for Children had 750 beds in 1929 and was the third largest children's hospital in the UK. It incorporated a 102-bed convalescent home. It had 160 tuberculosis beds at a home in North Wales. The infirmary was equipped to give sunlight treatment to orthopaedic cases.[3] The hospital was emptied at the start of World War II and made ready for expected air-raid casualties. It was incorporated into the NHS in 1948.[4]

It provided paediatric specialist services, general paediatric services and had a paediatric accident and emergency department, providing paediatric surgery, orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery and a paediatric burns unit, gastroenterology, respiratory medicine and diabetology. It had a high dependency unit and a transitional care unit for long term, usually ventilated, patients.

Royal Manchester[edit]

Planning for a new hospital began in 2004 and construction reached halfway in 2008.[5] The £500m hospital was completed in April 2009[6] and opened on 11 June 2009. Services moved to the new children's hospital in June 2009. The new hospital is the largest, single-site, children's hospital in the country. The facility, designed by Anshen & Allen cost approximately £500 million.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Manchester City can prove they are the 'new Arsenal' when they meet at the Etihad Stadium". The Telegraph. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-18. RMCH is the largest children’s hospital in the UK and treats 185,000 children each year. 
  2. ^ History of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (PDF), NHS, retrieved 23 May 2014 
  3. ^ Brockbank, E. M., ed. (1929). The Book of Manchester and Salford Written for the 97th Annual Meeting of the British Medical Association. Manchester: George Falkner. pp. 139–40. 
  4. ^ History of Booth Hall Hospital (PDF), NHS, retrieved 23 May 2014 
  5. ^ "City's £500m hospital 'halfway'". BBC News. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  6. ^ "New children's hospital completed". BBC News. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  7. ^ "Central Manchester Hospitals". Anshen & Allen. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 

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Coordinates: 53°30′24″N 2°19′07″W / 53.50667°N 2.31861°W / 53.50667; -2.31861