High Peak residents are being urged to respond to a consultation, which could have huge implications for Stepping Hill Hospital’s services and closes on Tuesday.
The Healthier Together review proposes big changes to NHS services across Greater Manchester.
The Stockport hospital could lose its emergency surgery, but not its A and E department, forcing the sickest patients to travel to Manchester for care.
Emergency and high risk surgery is currently undertaken at ten hospitals across Greater Manchester. The shake-up proposes that this surgery is centralised within four or five ‘specialist hospitals’.
Dr Colin Wasson, head of surgery and critical care at Stepping Hill Hospital, said: “It is it is vital that local people have a ‘specialist hospital’ within a critical time distance. We need everyone to respond to the consultation to ensure we can continue providing excellent emergency surgery services.” To have your say visit healthiertogethergm.nhs.uk/feedback/ and complete the online questionnaire. Hard copies are also available in GP surgeries.