Stockport Independent Issue 151

JUNE 2022 2 STOCKPORT Independent Sales Director: Robin Atkins Tel: 07767 840274 Editor: Ged Henderson Classifieds: TeresaBond Tel: 01204 478812 No part of this publication may be used or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. Every effort is made to ensure that the articles and advertisements that are carried are authentic, however the publisher of the Stockport Independent accepts no responsibility for claims made. Investors in Publishing Ltd 2022. Stockport Independent is published monthly by Investors in Publishing. Publishing House, 3 Bridgebank Industrial Estate, Taylor Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7PD. Tel. 01204 478812 Fax. 01204 667345. THE future of emergency and urgent services at Stepping Hill Hospi- tal has taken a major step forward. Initial approval has now been given for a new £30mil- lion care campus on the Stockport hospital’s site. The outline business case for the new emergency and urgent care campus has been approved by both NHS Eng- land / Improvement and the Department for Health and Social Care. And clinicians working on the project have now also developed a full business case which has been approved by Stockport NHS Foundation Trust’s board and will be submitted to NHS England for final approval. The new campus will see millions spent to enhance emergency and urgent care for the local population of Stockport as well as residents in High Peak and Cheshire East, transforming A&E into a more modern and efficient building, where patients, their families and carers can expect to receive high qual- ity care. The design of the new campus is centred on patient needs, with the best possi- ble state-of-the-art facili- ties being made available for staff. It will include new assess- ment, treatment and consul- tation areas for several key emergency and urgent care services including the chil- dren’s emergency department, mental health, and medical same day emergency care. The development will see the size of the clinical area LIBERAL Democrat Mark Hunter has been elected as leader of Stockport Council, pledging to make sure “every penny” of the local authority’s spending counts. He also revealed the new admin- istration had launched an “urgent review” of the previous Labour administration’s decision to close the Grade II listed Central Library on the A6. Councillor Hunter was appointed following a meeting of the full council. The 28-member Lib Dem group became the larg- est party in the council chamber following the recent local elections. Councillor Wendy Meikle will be deputy leader in the new admin- istration, which takes over control from Labour, who ended the elec- tion on 25 seats. Cllr Hunter said: “I am hum- bled by the opportunity to lead the council; it is an honour and a privilege. “I will be unstinting in my efforts to take this authority forward by reaching out to all groups on the council and working together. The people of Stockport would expect no less. “In this unprecedented finan- cial climate, with a deepening cost of living crisis, it has never been more important to make sure every penny of council spend- ing counts. “We need to do more to help hard-pressed local residents and I have already made clear to senior officers our ambition to target a council tax freeze next year. “Other priorities include protect- ing the green belt from developers. ‘Yes’ to the right homes in the right places and no to ever more devel- opment on valuable green space. “We also need to see more urgent action on the climate emergency, reviewing the current – unwork- able – Clean Air Zone proposals and ensuring any new plans are fair for residents and businesses across Stockport. “We will also press for improve- ments to local health services, campaign for a new hospital and demand urgent action on ambu- lance waiting times. “Already, our new adminis- tration has launched an urgent review of Labour’s decision to close the Grade II listed Central Library on the A6. “There is much to do, and we are keen to get on with the job. Our mission is simply to make Stock- port an even better place to live and work – we are ready, willing and able to rise to that challenge.” A NEW Support Hub has been launched in Stockport bringing together a range of newly com- missioned services. The aim is to offer adults and fam- ilies across the borough the early advice and support they need to help them live independently and well. The services available are: • Your Support – Providing one to one support to help you make changes to improve your health and wellbeing and build your confidence • Community Support – Con- necting you and your family to community activities, groups, peer support, learning and vol- unteering opportunities, and providing support to develop community activities • Home Support – Providing practical support to help you maintain your home environ- ment and live safely and inde- pendently in your own home. A specialist hoarding service is also available • Carers Support – Supporting you if you care for someone that would struggle to man- age without you because of illness, disability, frailty, a long-term condition (including mental illness or dementia) or addiction • Transport Support – Pro- viding transport if you are you struggling to get to appointments and activities or finding it difficult to use pub- lic transport • Domestic Abuse Support – Supporting you if you are affected by domestic abuse To ask for support yourself or to make a referral for somebody else, simply complete the referral form on the Stockport Support Hub website, call 0161 474 1042 or text 07539 468 560. The text option is for people who are deaf or affected by hearing loss. Vince Fraga, head of adult social care at Stockport Council, said: “We are lucky to have such a brilliant range of providers in Stockport who are so committed to helping our residents. “Bringing all our early support and prevention services under the umbrella of the Stockport Support Hub will make it so much easier for our residents to get help as they’ll only need to ask once.” Support hub launches £30m emergency care plan moves ahead Vision: An artist’s impression of the new care campus All change in the town hall In charge: The new Lib Dem leadership team HIST an ar reveal of M lime k And when l time c has no ing the Mill sister Hill Pr capsul they w As Hall Volunt in the • Continued frompage 1 Patients will currently be referred to the service via their GP. Staff at the centre aim to ensure the first diagnostic will be within seven days of referral from their GP and, where possible, will be able to rule cancer in or out on the same day. The new service is led by consultant radiologist, a senior gastro-enterology consultant, a new clinical nurse specialist and a navigator who have been employed by the trust to support it. The Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance is funding the additional resources for the centres over the next two years. Stepping Hill Hospital joins Tame- side Hospital in partner- ship in delivering this new service for patients in Stockport and Tameside and Glossop. The RDC aims to sup- port the quicker diagno- sis of cancer, reducing the number of hospital visits and subsequent waits and anxiety a patient may experience; and in some cases, mean patients are also diagnosed at an ear- lier stage, where treatment is more likely to have a positive outcome. Andrew Loughney, med- ical director for Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, said: “These new centres will also drive innovation and promote the continu- ous improvement of cancer diagnostics, which we hope will mean ever improving outcomes for our cancer patients in the future.” Dr David Levy, regional medical firector for NHS England North, added: “Rapid Diagnostic Cen- tres like the service at Stepping Hill Hospital and Tameside Hospital play a vital part in not only the recovery of NHS cancer services but also offer a view into the future of cancer diagnosis in the NHS that will improve outcomes and, vitally, save a lot of lives.” increase substantially, enabling more patients to receive safe care and treatment sooner. Once planning approval has been received and final approval is given by both NHS England & Improvement, and the Depart- ment for Health and Social Care, building work on the campus is set to start later in the year, with the work scheduled to be com- pleted around March 2024. During the building work, dis- ruption will be kept to a mini- mum, and plans are in place to ensure that all key services con- tinue to be available throughout the process. Karen James, chief executive of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted initial approval has been given for a new ‘Emergency and Urgent Care Campus’, which is fantastic news for local people. “This will mean a massively improved site for emergency and urgent care services, where clin- ical excellence can flourish. “We have seen a continued increase in emergency patients at Stepping Hill Hospital in recent years, and these new facilities will help us to provide the safe, good quality care which these patients need.” The trust says it is continuing to work with its partners to pro- gress the long term plan for a new hospital in Stockport.