Manchester Royal Infirmary

Founded in 1752 with just 12 beds, we’ve grown to become a major research and teaching hospital working with Manchester University’s Medical School and a regional and national centre for services as diverse as kidney and pancreas transplants, haematology, vascular, major trauma, liver and pancreas surgery, rheumatology and HIV care. Around 145,000 patients visit our Accident and Emergency Department each year. Our many leading roles include running the largest home kidney dialysis programme in the country, being the first to provide closed loop insulin pumps for patients with diabetes and in the first group of hospitals to provide the revolutionary CAR T cell therapy for blood cancers.

We are proud to boast many medical breakthroughs, including:

  • Using 3D technology to perform keyhole urology surgery
  • Using handheld robotic device for renal and urology surgery
  • Becoming internationally recognised in the development of surgery for Encapsulating Peritoneal Sclerosis
  • Reaching 1000 patients to benefit from remote cardiac device monitoring
  • Being the first centre in the world to implant a Bonebridge Hearing Device and activating it on the same day
  • The first in the UK to perform 1000 cochlear implants procedures.

The last few years have seen big developments here.  A number of our wards and clinics, as well as the renal dialysis unit were moved into new accommodation in 2007 and 2009.  More recently, we have seen a £25 million project to redevelop the Critical Care Facilities, which will provide 52 state-of -the-art Critical Care bed spaces.

We have also been involved in a number of documentaries aired on BBC Television. One of these was an entire series looking at the amazing work that goes on behind the scenes at the Manchester Centre for Sexual Health. This series saw a great response on social networking sites such as Twitter and promoted the services that the centre provides to the community on a daily basis.

The Renal Transplant team was also involved with an organ donation awareness week hosted by ITV, with filming taking place in the unit as well as interviews with our Transplant Co-ordinator, who is also raising awareness for organ donations in the South Asian Community.