Published: 14/04/2005, Volume II5, No. 5951 Page 6

Withington Community Hospital welcomed its first patient last month.

Marion Bridgeman chose the hospital for a cataract operation after being offered a choice of five institutions.

She was greeted by (left to right) surgeon Susmito Biswas, local MP Keith Bradley, cataract theatre nurse Shelagh Mayer and South Manchester primary care trust chair Mike Green.