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Trafford General Hospital

Trafford General Hospital is a district general hospital in the Davyhulme area of Urmston - part of the Trafford borough of Greater Manchester, England. It employed just under 1,450 staff and had a network of volunteers.[when?] Trafford Hospitals became a part of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 1 April 2012. The site includes the Manchester Orthopaedic Centre, which carries out planned Orthopaedic surgery for the trust.

Trafford General Hospital
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Trafford General Hospital
Location Davyhulme, Trafford, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°27′15″N 2°22′14″W / 53.45406°N 2.37068°W / 53.45406; -2.37068
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Manchester University
Emergency department No Accident & Emergency
Beds 230
Founded 17th December 1928
Lists Hospitals in the United Kingdom



1926 to 1988Edit

In 1926 work began on what was originally named Davyhulme Park Hospital, established by the Barton-upon-Irwell Union.[1] The Barton-upon-Irwell Union established in keeping with the requirement of the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 for parishes to create unions offering provision to the poor.[2] The hospital opened to patients on the 17th December 1928, officially opened by HRH Princess Mary, Viscountess Lascelles on the 1st June 1929.[1] When the Local Government Act of 1929 abolished the poor law unions, the hospital passed to Lancashire County Council.

During World War II it functioned initially as a British Military Hospital, the first patients arriving in 1940 as a result of the German Invasion of Norway. Later the hospital was transferred to the US military becoming the 10th US Station Hospital where it hosted Glenn Miller and the United States Air Force Band to entertain the American troops. After the War it was de-requisitioned and returned to Lancashire County Council.[1][2]

The hospital is regarded as the first National Health Service hospital. Known as Park Hospital, it was visited by the then health minister Aneurin Bevan on 4 July 1948. In a symbolic ceremony Aneurin Bevan received the keys from Lancashire County Council alongside by a 'guard of honour' of Nurses.[2]

Sylvia Diggory (née Beckingham), then 13, was the first NHS patient. Before she died, Sylvia said: "Mr Bevan asked me if I understood the significance of the occasion and told me that it was a milestone in history - the most civilised step any country had ever taken, and a day I would remember for the rest of my life - and of course, he was right." [3]

Since 1988Edit

It was renamed Trafford General Hospital in 1988 and controlled by Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust, from 1994 until 2012. It had 530 beds, 2,100 staff, treated 24,000 in-patients a year and 175,000 outpatient appointments. It was for many years the smallest NHS Trust. The maternity unit was closed in 2010.[4]. The Accident and Emergency Unit was Closed by health secretary Jeremy Hunt in 2013[5] following a long campaign by interested parties [6]. Emergency care was reduced to a nursing and GP service in 2016 losing emergency consultant care.[7].

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "History of Trafford General Hospital" (PDF). Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Communications Department, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c "Trafford General: where it all began". BBC News. BBC. 3 July 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "NHS at 60: Your Stories". BBC News. BBC. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Trafford General Hospital - the birthplace of the NHS - closes its maternity unit". Messenger. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Trafford General: 'birthplace of NHS' to lose its A&E unit". The Telegraph. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "Trafford hospital where NHS was launched will lose A&E unit". The Guardian. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "Another downgrade for Trafford General Hospital as emergency consultants about to be axed". Manchester Evening News. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 

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