A new £20 million medical and surgical centre has opened at Stepping Hill Hospital.
The new centre includes spacious, modern facilities and a cleaner environment for better infection control. It 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.
It 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.
Ann Barnes, Chief Executive for Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stepping Hill Hospital, said, “This has been a major investment, but one which is absolutely necessary to make our services fit for the future and provide the extra capacity we need for specialist surgery.
“It is also more cost-effective in the long term to have an effective care environment, rather than having to maintain old and outdated wards. The new wards and operating theatres will make a huge and positive difference to the patient experience, provide an excellent environment for staff to work in, and enhance our services for the future.”