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Campaign to Save Landmark Orthopaedic Site

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16 Dec 2014

A campaign is underway to save one of orthopaedic surgery’s most iconic buildings in the UK. Manchester’s Ancoats Dispensary (formally known as the Ardwick and Ancoats Hospital) has faced the threat of demolition since 2011.

The Dispensary was home to a number of pioneering developments in British medical history but, most notably, was used by orthopaedic surgeon Sir Harry Platt (President of the International Federation of Surgical Colleges, founder member of ASGBI and RSM President) in 1914 to develop the first segregated fracture department in the UK, and probably in the world.

Ancoats Dispensary was also home to Dr Alfred Barclay who pioneered the development and use of radiograph technology within general practice and the early treatment of cancer.  Dr Barclay honed and developed his skills at the Dispensary where he established the city's first radiography department in 1906.  

Now, a local community group is campaigning to save the Dispensary by raising £55,000 to match a Stage 1 Lottery bid by February 2015.

Launching the appeal, Linda Carver of Ancoats Dispensary Trust (ADT) said, “Right from the start of this campaign, we’ve been contacted by people with stories of how Ancoats Dispensary literally saved their lives. We’re on the verge of being able to safeguard these memories and open a new chapter for a building that’s done so much to heal the people of Manchester over the years. But we aren’t there yet! Raising this money by the February deadline is the only way we can move forward.”

For details on how to contribute to the campaign, visit: https://spacehive.com/thebeatingheartofancoats

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