Hope Hospital

Salford Royal (formerly Hope Hospital) is a large hospital in Salford, Greater Manchester, England, managed by the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. It is a teaching hospital, with links with the University of Manchester's School of Medicine and the University of Salford's School of Nursing.

Leading research departments include one of the largest dermatology centres in the United Kingdom, gastroenterology, vascular diabetes, trauma and clinical neurosciences which houses the University of Manchester's 3T MRI scanner.

In the Healthcare Commission's 2006/2007 review of the 394 NHS Trusts in England, Salford Royal was one of 19 to be rated excellent in its quality of services and its use of resources.


The hospital opened in 1882 as the Salford Union Infirmary, a hospital for sick paupers, in association with the union workhouse. During the Manchester Blitz of WW2 the hospital was struck by German bombs in June 1941 and 14 nurses died. It was later renamed as Hope Hospital, taking the name of the medieval Hope Hall, demolished in 1956. The formation of the NHS Trust in 1994 saw the closure of Salford Royal Hospital on Chapel Street. The trust was originally named Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, but changed its name to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in 2006.

During 2007 a substantial redevelopment commenced under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI), which included re-branding the hospital as "Salford Royal" and the construction of the Hope Building, which is scheduled to open in September 2011.


Salford Royal was comprehensively redeveloped as part of the Salford Health Investment for Tomorrow (SHIFT) programme, comprising a £130 million PFI contract to construct a number of new hospital units and a separate £30 million modernisation contract, both signed with Consort Healthcare. Among the new units will be a cancer centre in partnership with Christie Hospital NHS Trust.