MAKING PEOPLE BETTER
Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) has been providing care for over 250 years having been founded in 1752. Back then the MRI just had twelve beds, now it is a large teaching hospital for Manchester’s University’s Medical School and provides care to thousands of patients every year.
In 1988 the MRI was the first hospital to establish a dedicated Diabetes Centre and continues to boast many medical breakthroughs.
The work we do now
The A&E department at the hospital currently sees around 145,000 patients each year and the MRI is now a major trauma centre providing life saving treatment for seriously injured patients such as those who have stab wounds or have been in a car accident.
The hospital is also a regional centre for kidney and pancreas transplants, haematology and sickle cell disease. The MRI, and its sister hospital Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, are the only hospitals in the region to carry out kidney transplantations. The heart centre at MRI is a major provider of cardiac services within the region, specialising in cardiothoracic surgery and cardiology.
Over the years MRI has been able to boast a number of medical breakthroughs and firsts including:
- The first hospital in the UK to carry out 4,000 kidney transplants.
- The first centre in the UK to implant cardiac patients with an MRI-enabled Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) meaning that heart patients can now undergo detailed MRI scans.
- The hospital boasts being the first in the UK to perform kidney cancer surgery using a robotic arm. The use of the robotic arm for a partial Nephrectomy means that a tumour from the kidney can be removed quicker and can leave most of the kidney behind, making it better for the patient.
- The first in the UK to use a full 3D system with handheld robotic arms for prostate cancer surgery.
- The first UK hospital to carry out 1,000 cochlear implants.
Over the past twelve months we have supported many projects in the MRI including purchasing a piece of equipment known as a de-weighting machine which will help patients undergoing rehabilitation to regain sense of balance and weight baring after suffering such conditions such as gait dysfunction and strokes.
To find out what we are currently fundraising for in the MRI please click here