Salford Royal Hospital

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Salford Royal Hospital
Salford Hope Hospital.jpg
The hospital in 2006. The entrance boulder to the left of the photograph states the original name of the site, Hope Hospital.
Location Pendleton, Salford, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university

University of Manchester

University of Salford
Emergency department Level 1 Trauma Centre
Beds 728
Founded 1882
Lists Hospitals in England

Salford Royal Hospital (formerly known as Hope Hospital), is a large university teaching hospital in Pendleton, Salford, England. It is operated by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. 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. During the Manchester Blitz of the Second World War, the original Salford Royal Hospital on Chapel Street, Salford 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, and up until 2008), taking the name of the medieval Hope Hall, demolished in 1956.[6] The formation of the NHS Trust in 1990, and budget cuts nationally towards the National Health Service by a previous Conservative government back in 1994, saw the closure of the original Salford Royal Hospital on Chapel Street, which was then sold on to private developers who converted the building into luxury flats. The memorial stone tablet for the nurses killed during the blitz remains above the original Chapel Street entrance. 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 the new Salford Royal in 2008, and the construction of the Hope Building, as a tribute to the hospital that had carried and inspired the message of hope for so long. The wing finally opened in September 2011.[8][9] People who live throughout the Salford area still refer to the site as Hope Hospital.


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.


It was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the top hundred NHS trusts to work for in 2015. At that time it had 6,219 full-time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 4.42%. 87% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 71% recommended it as a place to work. [11] After an inspection in August 2015 the trust was one of only three in England rated "outstanding" by the Care Quality Commission. [12] It was rated as having the highest index of digital maturity of any organisation in the English NHS in April 2016.[13] However, more recently, due to heavy handed tactics from senior management officials, staff satisfaction is at a record all-time low.

Sir David Dalton is the Chief Executive.

In July 2016 it is to initiate an integrated care organisation which will include 440 adult social care staff transferred from the City of Salford. It will manage social care. Mental health services will be provided by Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust but Salford will manage the contract. It is hoped that this will deliver £36 million a year in savings by 2021, largely by reducing hospital admissions, cutting management costs and removing duplication.[14]

In September 2016, the trust was selected by NHS England as one of twelve Global Digital Exemplars.[15] It uses an Allscripts electronic patient record system which is being adopted by other NHS organisations nearby.[16] It plans to move its electronic patient records on to Microsoft Azure by March 2018.[17]

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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 
  11. ^ "HSJ reveals the best places to work in 2015". Health Service Journal. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "St Helens Hospital rated 'outstanding' by Care Quality Commission". BBC News. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "First digital maturity index scores in full". Health Service Journal. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Hundreds of council staff to transfer to vanguard trust". Health Service Journal. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "New plans to expand the use of digital technology across the NHS". Department of Health and The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Trusts look to Salford for electronic patient record system". Health Service Journal. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "'Exemplar' trust first to move patient records to the cloud". Health Service Journal. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 


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

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