Jon Rouse, Gillian Easson and Ann Barnes opening the new centre
(Left to right) Gillian Easson, Jon Rouse and Ann Barnes opening the new centre at Stepping Hill Hospital

A new £20 million medical and surgical centre was officially opened at Stepping Hill Hospital today (12th October 2016).

Leaders from partner organisations in Greater Manchester and Stockport joined staff at an event to celebrate the benefits the new building will bring to patients.

The new centre will house over 120 beds for patients, replacing facilities in old wards. The hospital has around 800 beds in total.

It will also include four new operating theatres, three of which replace old theatres, bringing the hospital’s total from 17 to 18. This will support Stepping Hill Hospital’s new status as one of four specialist centres in Greater Manchester for emergency and high risk abdominal surgery. More than 30,000 operations a year are carried out on the hospital site.

The acute medical ward in the new centre will look after 13,000 patients a year. A new primary care receiving unit for patients referred by their GP will also open which is designed to reduce pressure on the hospital’s A&E.

Gillian Easson, Chairman for Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stepping Hill Hospital, said,  “The new centre will make a real difference to the patient experience, provide an excellent environment for staff to work in, and enhance our services for the future.”

Jon Rouse, Chief Officer at Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, who attended the opening, said:

“This new medical and surgical centre will mean that services at Stepping Hill are fit for the future and meeting the needs of patients in Stockport and the wider Greater Manchester area.”

“Devolution across the region is presenting significant opportunities to implement new and bold ideas. The challenge is to continually improve the standards and quality of care for all 2.8million residents.”