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Altrincham hospital plans approved by health chiefs

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Image caption The new hospital will be built on Railway Street in the town centre

Plans have been approved to build a new hospital in the centre of Altrincham.

The hospital will be built on Railway Street and will replace the existing Altrincham General Hospital, which dates back to the 19th Century.

Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust's plans for the site approved on Monday by NHS North West. It will provide the same services as the old hospital.

Work on the four-storey building by Citybranch Ltd is expected to begin next summer.

Public exhibition

Ron Calvert, chief executive of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust, said: "This is fantastic news for people in Trafford.

"Our commitment to developing a new hospital for Altrincham has never wavered and we are delighted that NHS North West has now approved the business case.

"We will finalise the designs over the next few months and, as we promised when we originally submitted our business case last year, will organise a public exhibition so people can see the plans for themselves."

Judie Collins, chair of Altrincham and Bowdon Civic Society, said: "The society couldn't be more pleased that after so many delays we're almost there.

"We need to get the best possible new building for Altrincham, the best use for the present hospital site and a service that the people of Altrincham can be so proud of.

"Despite the support the society has had from the trust, the council and our MP, the reason we have a new hospital is mostly the determination of the Altrincham community that this should be so."

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