Trafford General Hospital will receive funding to expand their treatment services to tackle patient waiting lists.

The hospital on Moorside Road in Davyhulme will receive money from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust to offer more planned surgery and procedures.

The investment comes as around one in six people in Greater Manchester are waiting for planned hospital care.

More services at Rochdale Infirmary and Leigh Infirmary will also be rolled out as part of Greater Manchester's "surgical hubs" plans.

Located on existing hospital sites, surgical hubs "bring together skills and expertise of staff under one roof".

They "focus mainly on providing high volume low complexity surgery and will help to reduce waiting times for some of the most common procedures".

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has also received funding to increase ward capacity for patients across Greater Manchester requiring complex cancer surgery.

Patients in Greater Manchester are already benefitting from treatment at surgical hubs for orthopaedics and children’s surgery.

More than 1,000 patients in the region have been treated at orthopaedic surgical hubs.

Dr Manisha Kumar, chief medical officer of NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care said: “Staff across the NHS are working hard to treat people as quickly as possible.

"Surgical hubs are an example of how we are innovating and increasing the number of procedures that can be done to reduce waiting times.

"In Greater Manchester we have already made progress in tackling the longest waiting lists and the investment will help us treat more patients in Greater Manchester over the next three years.”

Dr Michael Gregory, regional medical director, NHS England – North West said: “Surgical hubs are a vital part of plans to recover elective services across the North West and nationally. 

"This will be a welcome boost in helping us to further tackle the Covid-19 backlogs that have inevitably built up over the pandemic.

“NHS staff continue to go the extra mile to make sure our patients are getting the care they need. 

"We know there are significant numbers of patients still waiting to be seen and we will continue to work hard to reduce the time people are waiting for care.”