Major Trauma Centre MRI

The Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) is a leading Major Trauma Centre which provides 24/7 lifesaving treatment for seriously injured patients.

Major Trauma film 2021

Who we are

Manchester Foundation Trust (MFT) is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country and has all the specialties needed to manage major trauma, other than adult neurosurgery,  including; cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, orthoplastic surgery, maternity services, paediatrics (including the collation of the largest children’s major trauma service in the UK), hepatobiliary surgery, vascular interventional radiology and gastrointestinal interventional radiology. It is also the regional designated paediatric Major Trauma Centre, which is based in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Manchester Royal Infirmary [MRI] is a major trauma centre and is part of a country wide network.

Our Major Trauma service consists of a multi-disciplinary team of professional’s who work around the clock to provide specialist interventions to patients who have suffered a major trauma injury and provide wrap around care which assists in early and effective rehabilitation. Major Trauma is not an isolated stand-alone service, it involves the effective coordination of a range of services from across different components of the Trust, within the context of a regional network, and effective partnership working between the Trust and the surrounding trauma units as well as providers of rehabilitation and social care.

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What we do

The Major Trauma Centre at the MRI accepts patients from across Greater Manchester and beyond, who have potentially life altering injuries. We treat over 1300 patients per year. Our team works collaboratively across specialities, crossing all areas of inpatient care. We also work closely with supporting services, both within the hospital and the community settings, to provide lifesaving treatment and effective rehabilitation with ongoing support. This approach ensures that we treat the individuals needs and tailor a holistic care package that meets the psychological, social, nutritional and medical needs as well as treating the injuries.

On a day-to-day basis, the service is run by a group of Major Trauma Consultants from a variety of specialties, including Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Cardiothoracics, Vascular Surgery, Anaesthesia and Elderly Care Medicine.

Why we are Leading in Trauma Care

Attaining Major Trauma Centre status and being part of a country wide network has allowed the MRI to attain further funding to invest and develop upon our services to continuously improve patient outcomes, experience and care.

Dedicated 20 bedded ward

Having a central place for patients who have suffered a major trauma allows focused holistic care to be provided by a multi-disciplinary team of specialists who undergo regular targeted trauma training. Investing in our staff training to ensure that we are leading in knowledge and skills within our specialist workforce is paramount to continually improving our services.

Ward gym

Our ward gym guarantees early and personalised rehabilitative therapy, expediting patient recovery and aiding targeted rehabilitation.

Hybrid theatres

We have two hybrid theatres, these are state of the art theatres where techniques are used to stop bleeding without big operations.


The new, lifesaving helipad, the first elevated helipad of its kind in the North West, opened to patients at MFT Monday 10th May, 2021. The helipad is operational 365 days a year and its link bridge feeds direct to our Emergency Department, saving time and saves lives.

A dedicated film was produced to celebrate the opening

Accident & Emergency Developments: The MRI is currently undergoing major construction to increase capacity and modernise clinical areas within our ED. There are also plans to build additional theatres. Services at the MRI will not be affected by the works.

Supporting Services: We work closely with many supporting services to enable personalised and targeted treatment, rehabilitation and care recognising the individuals needs in addition to treating the injuries. Two of these are highlighted below.

  • Major Trauma Signposting Partnership (MTSP): delivered in partnership with Citizens Advice Manchester, MTSP provides social welfare advice and support to trauma patients and their families helping with benefits, housing, and employment issues. They can also offer options in accessing legal advice following injury to help support further access to rehabilitation, and onward signposting to charitable services where required.
  • Violence Reduction Team: work with patients aged 16 – 25 who have experienced violence or live in a situation that may lead to violence in an aim of providing ongoing support at an individual level to reduce violence within the community and improve individuals daily life.