Locals urged to have a say on hospital plans

Stepping Hill Hospital
Stepping Hill Hospital

High Peak residents are being urged to make their voices heard on a consultation which will determine which hospitals local people use if they need emergency surgery in the future.

The Healthier Together programme is looking at which hospitals across Greater Manchester should continue undertaking emergency surgery.

As part of the consultation, Stockport’s Stepping Hill Hospital, which is used by many High Peak residents, could lose its emergency surgery, meaning locals would have to travel into Manchester.

Now Carol Prowse, a High Peak resident and deputy chairman of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stepping Hill, is urging locals to have their say on the plans.

“I am extremely concerned about the implications for everyone in the catchment area of Stepping Hill Hospital, but especially those in the High Peak,” she said. “It is vital that there is a specialist hospital within a critical time distance.

“I am also concerned that, because the High Peak sits beyond the borders of Greater Manchester, many residents may not know about this consultation and its implications. The transportation challenges faced by us would be considerable if Stepping Hill was no longer available to us for emergency care.”

She added: “We urgently need to make our voices heard, as happened so successfully when recently the High Peak was at risk of losing the locally-based ambulance service. We need to respond to this consultation and state that Stepping Hill Hospital must retain its emergency surgery.”

A public meeting on the plans is taking place at the Octagon, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, on Monday September 15, from 6pm to 8pm.

More details, and a questionnaire, can also be found on the Healthier Together website at www.healthiertogethergm.nhs.uk.