Royal visitor opens hospital's new £20m medical and surgical centre

The Duchess of Gloucester toured the new building and talked to staff and patients before unveiling a plaque.
The Duchess of Gloucester toured the new building and talked to staff and patients before unveiling a plaque.

The Duchess of Gloucester has officially opened a £20m medical and surgical centre at a hospital which treats High Peak patients.

Her Royal Highness toured the new three-storey building at Stepping Hill Hospital and talked to staff and patients before unveiling a plaque.

The Duchess chatted to staff and patients during the visit.

The Duchess chatted to staff and patients during the visit.

The new centre houses over 120 beds for patients, replacing facilities in old wards. It includes four state-of-the-art operating theatres, three of which replaced old theatres, increasing the hospital’s total to 18.

More than 30,000 operations a year are carried out on the Stockport hospital site, which covers the High Peak area. Health chiefs believe the expansion will support Stepping Hill Hospital’s new status as one of four specialist centres in Greater Manchester for emergency and high risk general surgery.

The new centre also includes a new surgical assessment, short stay surgical unit and acute medical ward which looks after around 13,000 patients a year.

Ann Barnes, chief executive of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said, “We were honoured that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester was able to officially open our new medical and surgical centre.

The centre houses over 120 beds for patients and four state-of-the-art operating theatres.

The centre houses over 120 beds for patients and four state-of-the-art operating theatres.

"We're very proud of this new centre which took two years to build. It has made a real difference to the quality of service we can provide and the overall patient experience.”

Greater Manchester Vice Lord Lieutenant Paul Griffiths, Greater Manchester High Sherriff Kui Man Gerry Yeung and Mayor of Stockport Councillor Linda Young were also in attendance at the official opening.

It also includes a new surgical assessment, short stay surgical unit and acute medical ward.

It also includes a new surgical assessment, short stay surgical unit and acute medical ward.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester is shown around the new centre.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester is shown around the new centre.