Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester officially opened the new medical and surgical centre at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport on Thursday, 26 October.
“We were honoured that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester was able to officially open our new medical and surgical centre,” said Stepping Hill Hospital’s Chief Executive Ann Barnes.
She added, “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.”
Upon her arrival, the Duchess of Gloucester toured the £20 million facility, which boasts three storeys and four state-of-the-art operating theatres.
The medical and surgical centre can house 120 patients, and the Duchess of Gloucester met several of them, along with staff, during her visit at the end of the week.
Other guests present at the official opening included Greater Manchester Vice Lord Lieutenant Paul Griffiths, Greater Manchester High Sherriff Kui Man Gerry Young, and the Mayor of Stockport, Linda Young.
Before leaving, the Duchess of Gloucester unveiled a plaque commemorating the centre’s opening.
Last year, when the centre opened, Gillian Easson, Chairman of the Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, said, “The new centre will make a real difference to the patient experience, provide an excellent environment for staff to work in, and enhance our services for the future.”
Stepping Hill Hospital is one of four specialist centres in the Greater Manchester area that focuses on emergency and high-risk general surgery. According to the hospital’s website, over 30,000 operations are carried out there each year.
Other new features of the Stepping Hill Hospital centre include a new surgical assessment unit, a short stay surgical unit, and an acute medical ward. The hospital first opened in 1905 and operated as a medical hospital during the First World War.