Opening of £20M ward at Stepping Hill Hospital welcomed

Labour has welcomed the launch of a new £20 million medical and surgical centre at Stepping Hill Hospital which will provide patients across South-East Greater Manchester with expert specialist surgery.

After attending the event on Wednesday 12th October Executive Councillor for Health Tom McGee said ‘It’s fantastic that our new surgical centre opened on 3rd October, it will make a huge difference to the treatment patients receive and enhance local services.

‘From April 2017 onwards the centre will be a hub for patients who need emergency and high risk general surgery across the South-East of our region – specialist care in Stockport will be contributing to the ambitious Healthier Together target to save 300 lives a year.

‘Bringing specialist staff together and providing additional capacity at Stepping Hill will mean improved outcomes and the sharing of professional expertise which will ensure Stockport is continues to be a centre of regional surgical excellence.’

The new three storey building includes 120 bed spaces, an acute medical unit, a surgical assessment unit, and a short stay surgical unit, whilst also housing 18 operating theatres which will carry out more than 30,000 operations every year.

Councillor McGee added ‘Well done to everyone at the hospital and to the contactors for delivering the new centre on time and below budget.

‘Ensuring that patient outcomes are the best they can be should guide everything the health and social care economy does, and this new surgical centre will be a central part of providing the best, state-of-the-art treatments in Stockport in future.

‘When patients are very seriously ill they will be receiving care from our absolutely fantastic medical professionals, who are often leaders in their respective fields, in a brand new facility.

‘This, coupled with the Council working increasingly closely with the NHS to better integrate local services, will mean a transformation in healthcare in Stockport which should benefit every resident who needs treatment or support.’

The Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Foundation Trust and Stockport Council have signed an agreement to pool around £200m of their local budgets in order to better integrate services in the Stockport Together Programme.