I welcome the announcement that Stockport NHS Foundation Trust is to be awarded £30.6m to build an emergency care campus at Stepping Hill Hospital.
The A&E department at Stepping Hill has been struggling for too long with increased workloads all year round, and patients on trolleys in corridors at busy times so I’m pleased that the hospital will be getting these much-needed new facilities.
I am calling for additional staff as well, as emergency care doctors and nurses are in short supply which leads to pressure on existing staff.
However we also need investment in GPs so that people in High Peak can get an appointment within a reasonable time, and in the Minor Injuries Unit at Buxton and Walk-in Centre at New Mills so fewer people have to go to A&E.
Stepping Hill A&E saw an immediate increase in patients when the Minor Injuries Unit started closing at 8pm last year, and better for people to be able to be treated locally wherever possible.
You can read the Trust’s press release here