Renovations costing more than £50 million are set to expand Salford Royal Hospital by 150 patient beds and create a new rooftop helipad.

Salford Royal Hospital has submitted three applications which go before Salford City Council planning committee next week.

One of the plans includes a new Acute Receiving Centre (ARC) next to the Hope Building on the site of the recently demolished section of the Clinical Sciences Building.

The ARC will support Salford Royal’s work as a major trauma centre for the area with 90 patient beds across single and multi-rooms, reportedly creating 35 new jobs for the hospital.

State-of-the-art facilities will be included in the ARC’s plans, including radiology, resuscitation and surgical wards.

A brand-new helipad would be built on top of the new six-storey building. The current landing zone is simply neighbouring fields.

Dr Pete Turkington, Salford Royal  chief officer and medical director, said: “[The helipad] will speed up the arrival of this group of very sick patients who need rapid access to this highly skilled team of clinicians.”

Plans have also been submitted for an Intermediate Care Unit (ICU), a centre where patients recovering from acute illness or injury can recuperate in a safe environment before being sent home.

The two-storey building would be on land near the hospital’s east car park on Stott Lane. Light-filled day rooms and a therapeutic garden are apart of the plans to provide patients with comforting and calming surroundings.

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A robust transport assessment has been carried on the proposals, detailing the impact on local travel. However, with minor changes to traffic light timings at nearby junctions, Salford Royal Hospital, said: “There will be a minimal impact as a result of the proposals.”

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