STEPPING HILL: Gwynne welcomes specialist hospital status

Andrew Gwynne MP has welcomed news that Stepping Hill Hospital will be the fourth hospital to provide specialist emergency medicine and general surgery under Healthier Together proposals to improve health outcomes in Greater Manchester.

Leaders from the 12 Clinical Commissioning Groups in the region decided the final location of specialist services on 15th July, with Manchester Royal Infirmary, Salford Royal Hospital, Royal Oldham Hospital and Stepping Hill now set to become ‘single service’ centres.

Labour’s lobbying contrasts starkly with the inaction of Stockport’s Liberal Democrats who, at a full Council Meeting two weeks ago, were unable to identify what they were doing on behalf of residents to ensure a positive outcome.

Stepping Hill will continue to serve 320,000 people across Stockport, High Peak and some parts of East Cheshire, but now in addition will be the specialist hospital for South-Eastern Greater Manchester, working in partnership with Tameside and Glossop CCG.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“I am delighted that Stepping Hill has been unanimously chosen as the final specialist hospital in Greater Manchester. It will now be working with Tameside and Glossop as a single service, which means residents of both Tameside and Stockport will benefit from all the services that a specialist hospital can provide, right on our doorstep.

“Stepping Hill has certainly had its share of problems in the last few years, but this news is a vote of confidence in the path it is taking.”

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