MRI Theatres and Department of Sterile Services

Welcome to the MRI Theatres and Decontamination Services Department. Here you will find information about who we are and how we support the surgical services in Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Our main Theatre suite has 12 theatres including a 24 hour Emergency Theatre and provides a service for our major surgical lists. In addition to the main theatre suite we have six theatres in our Elective Treatment Centre which provides a service for patients having operations typically requiring a short length of stay or day case procedure.  We have 2 state of the art Hybrid Theatres within the Elective Treatment Suite.

We provide both an elective & emergency service for the following specialties:

  • General Surgery, including Hepatobilliary and Colorectal surgery
  • Renal Transplantation
  • Vascular surgery
  • Ear Nose and Throat and Maxillo Facial surgery
  • Urology
  • Orthopaedic
  • Cardiac Surgery

Each of our Theatre areas has an adjoining recovery area in which we can care for patients immediately following their surgery. In addition, in the enhanced recovery unit we provide care for patients who require additional observation immediately after surgery but do not require to go to the High Dependency Unit.

Our emergency theatre team is also supported by our Emergency Anaesthetic Practitioners who support the anaesthesists working with critically ill patients on the wards and attending emergencies across the hospital site.

We also have a team of nurses who form part of the North West Organ Retrieval Service going to hospitals across the North West to assist with kidney and liver transplantation.

All of our theatres are supported by our Decontamination Services Department which is based on the Central Manchester Oxford Road campus.  The Decontamination Services Department support the whole Trust Site.

Contact Details

If you have a patient enquiry, please contact the ward that your relative was admitted to. They will be able to give you up to date information. The Theatre Department can be contacted via the theatre secretary on 0161 276 4158.

Managerial Contacts

Stuart Bethell – Directorate Manager for MRI Theatres & Sterile Services (
Gillian Culloden – Theatre Matron
Ian Pearce – Clinical Head of Division/Consultant Surgeon
David Scott – Decontamination Services Department Manager.