Outgoing chief executive of Manchester City Council Sir Howard Bernstein officially opened the city’s state-of-the-art £65m Spire Hospital.

The flagship hospital in Didsbury has been designed with extensive input from consultants, staff and patients, and  boasts a wide range of state of the art equipment and facilities.

It features a UK-first CT scanner that can complete a full-body image in five and a half seconds.

Further highlights include a hydrotherapy pool, six laminar flow operating theatres and a medical education centre complete with cutting edge 4k technology, allowing live broadcast direct from operating theatres to the conference and education centre.

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Spire Manchester Hospital director Chris Chadwick said: “The opening of our new flagship hospital is a very special moment for everybody involved as it represents the culmination of two years of very hard work.

“Located in a prime position, this new hospital means local and wider Manchester communities have excellent access to a wide range of medical services, all underpinned by world-class facilities including a UK-first CT scanner and hybrid operating theatre.”

Sir Howard Bernstein added: “The presence of the new Spire hospital close to Siemen's Manchester headquarters in a technology and healthcare-focused business park will help stimulate further growth and job creation in this important sector as well as being a welcome investment in its own right.

“I would like to congratulate them on this new facility."

 Spire Healthcare one of the leading independent hospital groups in the United Kingdom, with 38 hospitals, 12 clinics and two Specialist Care Centres across England, Wales and Scotland, treating insured, self-pay and NHS patients.