Public asked to comment on revamp plans for North Manchester and Wythenshawe hospitals
Members of the public are this week being given the opportunity to comment on proposals to transform hospital sites in North Manchester and Wythenshawe.
Manchester City Council, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) are working together on a vision for a new sustainable health campus at North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) which will be at the heart of the local community.
MFT is also working with property company, Bruntwood, on the redevelopment proposals for Wythenshawe Hospital, which seek to transform the site and create a campus with excellent healthcare facilities in a welcoming environment.
At the heart of these developments are highly-ambitious hospital improvement projects to deliver excellent healthcare to the communities they serve
Both projects will provide a focal point for the local community, with connected health and social care facilities, high-quality new homes, and green travel options, plus access to education and training opportunities alongside more-inviting public open spaces.
The transformational developments will bring positive change for the communities, creating new jobs, promoting healthy lifestyles, developing skills, and contributing to a zero-carbon environment for the benefit of local neighbourhoods and the wider city.
The proposals for each location are contained within a draft Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) document, released this week..
These have each received initial endorsement by Manchester City Council’s executive committee and the next step is to consult local people to help shape the final plans.
The public consultations are open to all stakeholders, including hospital staff, patients and visitors; local residents, businesses and organisations; elected and community representatives; the wider public; and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors.
The consultation runs until 29 January, with a number of virtual information events planned in the coming weeks.
Sir Michael Deegan, chief executive of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is an exciting step forwards for both hospitals and their surrounding communities.
Members of the public are also being asked for their views on plans for the future of the North Manchester General Hospital site
“We are delighted to be able to involve local people in shaping the radical plans to transform both sites and provide health and care services fit for the 21st Century.
“The employment, housing and economic opportunities these projects will bring are also fundamental to generating long-term growth and prosperity for North Manchester and Wythenshawe.”
We are delighted to be able to involve local people in shaping the radical plans to transform both sites and provide health and care services fit for the 21st Century
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, added: “Both hospitals at opposite ends of our city represent two key elements of our Economic Recovery Strategy - our plan to ensure the city can not only return to pre-COVID levels of prosperity, but build on our strengths and encourage inclusive economic growth that works for our residents.
“At the heart of these developments are highly-ambitious hospital improvement projects to deliver excellent healthcare to the communities they serve.
“But, equally as important, are the regeneration opportunities that will be realised as part of these developments – including new housing in North Manchester – that will set these projects apart.”