£17m hospital unit to be built

Work has begun on a new �17 million building at Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital.
Work has begun on a new �17 million building at Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital.

Work has begun on a new £17 million patient building to improve patient services at a hospital serving High Peak patients.

The three-storey building at Stepping Hill in Stockport will re-provide around 150 beds and house an acute medical unit, surgical assessment unit, two operating theatres, a short stay surgical unit and wards for general surgery and urology patients.

Based near to the A&E department on the hospital site, the state-of-the-art new facilities are due to open in 2016.

Stepping Hill Hospital currently has 17 operating theatres, carrying out over 600 operations a week. The new operating theatres will replace old facilities, providing improved facilities for surgery.

Ann Barnes, Chief Executive for Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said: “This development is part of our strategic regeneration for Stepping Hill Hospital. It will provide a greatly improved environment for our patients and staff.”

Stepping Hill Hospital sees around 500,000 patients every year, and has almost 800 beds. It runs one of the largest orthopaedic surgery departments in England. It has the best mortality results for bowel cancer surgery in Greater Manchester.

The building work is being carried out by Integrated Health Projects (IHP), a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine. A number of old wards around the periphery of the hospital site will be demolished once the new patient building opens.