Lisa Smart’s campaign to open a new hospital site in the centre of Stockport has received the backing of the leader of Stockport Council, Mark Hunter.
The campaign would see a new outpatients department in the centre of Stockport at Merseyway, with additional departments being added over time to take pressure off the Stepping Hill site.
Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of Stockport Council, said: “I have given my support to the efforts of the senior team at Stepping Hill to make the case for new facilities. Through the Mayoral Development Corporation we are building 4,000 new homes in the Town Centre and we have always said we need the right infrastructure to support them, including healthcare facilities and school places.
“Anybody who has been to Stepping Hill recently, as a visitor or patient, has seen for themselves the state that some of the buildings are in. I want to pay tribute to the many dedicated doctors, nurses and supporting staff that work at the hospital, doing such a tremendous job looking after us all despite those conditions.”
Lisa launched the campaign this week, and has already received hundreds of signatures backing the new site.
Councillor Hunter continued: “It is frankly a scandal that in this day and age they are having to operate out of such buildings and it really is about time the government gave us the funding needed to fulfil the ambition of a new hospital in the town centre.”
A new hospital for Stockport is the only proper solution to the ageing buildings at Stepping Hill Hospital. After the outpatients B department at Stepping Hill Hospital closed in November 2023, a new long-term solution is needed. There should be a new central hospital site at One Stockport (Merseyway) providing outpatients services, and expanding to provide critical departments at an accessible, central location.