MRI opens new temporary Emergency Department (A&E) entrance as £40 million transformation project begins

The next stage in the £40 million renovation project to improve the emergency care facilities at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI), part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), is now underway.

In order to keep services running as building work progresses, as of today (Tuesday 17th May), the pedestrian entrances for the Emergency Department (ED) and Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) have been temporarily moved to the other side of the hospital building.

ED and UTC patients, whether arriving by foot, car or taxi, will now need to use the new entrance, situated in a specially built modular building outside the MRI Outpatients Entrance, a short walk from the previous entrance. Here they will be assessed by clinicians, before being seen at the appropriate department if required.

Patients will still be able to access all emergency care services as usual throughout, 24 hours a day.

Ambulances will still be received at the original entrance as normal.

Alan Grayson, Clinical Director at MRI ED said “The redevelopment of our Emergency Department is a huge, important long-term project that will modernise our facilities to best support the needs of our patients and help our staff provide the very best care.

“This isn’t just about bricks and mortar. We’re changing how we see patients in ways which will make the process ultimately safer, more efficient, and more convenient for all.”

“All our services will be running as normal, and we appreciate the support and cooperation of patients during this time”

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