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St Mary's Hospital, Manchester

St Mary's Hospital
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Specialist
Emergency department Neonatal and Sexual Assault Emergency Centre
Speciality Paediatric, Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Genetics)
Founded 1790
Lists Hospitals in England

St Mary's Hospital is a hospital in Manchester, England. It is part of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It was founded in 1790. St Mary's provides a unique range of inter-related services specifically for women and children. Out-patient and in-patient facilities exist to provide mainstream and speciality services in the areas of:

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynaecology
  • Neonatal medicine and surgery
  • Genetics / immunogenetics laboratory,
  • Reproductive medicine

In addition, the Sexual Assault Referral Centre, also based at St Mary's, represents a unique collaboration between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Greater Manchester Police Authority. The Centre accepts emergency or self referrals from adults who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

St Mary's Hospital is headed by a Clinical Director and a Divisional Director. The multi-disciplinary approach adopted by clinicians aims to provide the highest standard of care for mother and child. More than 1200 staff, including doctors, nurses, midwives, clinical and non-clinical support staff work in St Mary's Hospital. A range of clinical and non clinical support services are based at the site to support the work undertaken, including well established departments of radiology and physiotherapy.

Teaching hospital and research

As a teaching hospital, St Mary's has close links with the School of Medicine, University of Manchester. There are three university chairs in post (in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Child Health and Medical Genetics) and the university has extensive research facilities on the hospital site.


The hospital was founded in 1790 by Dr Charles White in a house in Old Bridge Street, Salford, as the "Lying-in Charity". Five years later in 1795 the charity became the Manchester Lying-in Hospital; it was accommodated however in the Bath Inn, Stanley Street, Salford.[1] From 1855 to 1903 it occupied a building in Quay Street which was erected at the expense of Dr Thomas Radford.[2] In 1904 the hospital was amalgamated with the Manchester Southern Hospital for Women and Children and consequently two new hospitals were built. One was in Whitworth Street West on the corner of Oxford Street, while the other was on Oxford Road in Chorlton-on-Medlock. The hospital also had a School of Nursing that certified midwives. In 1915 the city centre hospital provided maternity and outpatient services and had 56 maternity beds and 50 cots, with accommodation for medical students, midwives and pupil nurses. The suburban hospital provided gynaecological and paediatric services and contained 115 beds.[3]

In 2009 paediatric (excluding neonatal) services from St Mary's Hospital were transferred to the newly re-built Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, which opened on 11 June 2009.[4]

The Radford Library was transferred from St Mary's Hospital to the Manchester Medical Society's library in 1927. It included early obstetrical and gynaecological literature collected by the surgeon Dr Thomas Radford and donated to the hospital by him together with an endowment. Dr Radford also donated his obstetrical museum.[5][6]

See also


  1. ^ The Book of Manchester and Salford; for the British Medical Association. Manchester: George Falkner & Sons, 1929; pp. 120
  2. ^ Dr Thomas Radford joined the hospital in 1818 as a man-midwife; from 1834 he was house surgeon extraordinary; from 1841 until his death in 1881 he was the consulting physician, and from 1874 also chairman of the board of management.--The Book of Manchester and Salford; for the British Medical Association. Manchester: George Falkner & Sons, 1929; pp. 120–21
  3. ^ Wild, R. B. (1915) "The Medical Charities of Manchester and Salford", in: McKechnie, H. M., ed. Manchester in Nineteen Hundred and Fifteen. Manchester: University Press; pp. 55-58
  4. ^ Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  5. ^ The Book of Manchester and Salford; for the British Medical Association. Manchester: George Falkner & Sons, 1929; pp. 229–232
  6. ^ Axon, William (1877) Handbook of the Public Libraries of Manchester and Salford. Manchester: Abel Heywood and Son; pp. 136-38

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