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Stepping Hill Hospital is ‘actually crumbling’ says the native MP (Image: Getty Images)

A UK hospital is in dire straits as its outpatients, radiology division and demanding care unit are ‘fairly actually crumbling’, the native MP has claimed.

Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester, has been hit by two ceiling collapses in latest weeks as a result of leaks within the heating system.

These incidents occurred inside the radiology division and the essential care unit, the place probably the most significantly in poor health sufferers are handled.

The state of affairs turned so extreme that sufferers needed to be evacuated and scans had been cancelled after each ceilings gave method inside a day in March, experiences the Manchester Evening News.

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Patients had been pressured to be evacuated out of the Stockport hospital and scans had been cancelled after the 2 ceilings collapsed inside a day of each other in March (Image: MEN)

Stockport’s MP, Navendu Mishra, introduced the difficulty to the eye of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak throughout a session of Prime Minister’s Questions on May 8.

“Stepping Hill’s major outpatients building, the radiology department and the critical care unit have all been condemned,” Mr Mishra knowledgeable the Commons.

“In March, I met with senior officials at Stockport NHS Trust, they were very clear that a sustained lack of capital investment is the root cause of problems at my local hospital.”

Mr Mishra challenged the Prime Minister within the House of Commons, questioning: “Mr Speaker, does the Prime Minister believe that our hospitals quite literally crumbling is the price worth paying for the 14 years of successive Conservative failure? “

Navendu Mishra

Navendu Mishra raised the difficulty in Parliament (Image: Getty)

The Prime Minister replied: “We fully recognise the need to invest in health infrastructure across the country, including at Stepping Hill Hospital.

“That is why we’re at present spending round £4 billion a 12 months for trusts to spend on needed upkeep and repairs, on high of the £20 billion new hospital programme and the extra funding that was put apart to cope with RAAC – bolstered autoclaved aerated concrete – upkeep.

“The honourable gentleman talks about a legacy of the NHS; all he needs to do is look at his party’s record in Wales, where people are currently experiencing the worst AandE performance and the longest wait times anywhere in Great Britain.”

Stepping Hill Hospital has been battling challenges as a result of deteriorating infrastructure. In reality, it had already confronted two ceiling collapses after being pressured to shut its Outpatients B division final November, experiences the Manchester Evening News.

Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport. (Image: Getty)

This was as a result of “significant deterioration of the structure of the building”, primarily based on inspector experiences.

Now, the outpatient unit is working under optimum ranges, offering solely 51 per cent of its ordinary outpatient appointments. The providers, previously occurring within the Outpatient B division, are actually performing at decrease capability than earlier than.

“A small number of services, including ophthalmology, are still to be found temporary homes due to the need to accommodate large pieces of equipment that are not easy to move,” reported Karen James, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust chief govt, to the board assembly in April.

She additionally added: “Our estates team is prioritising efforts to find alternative accommodation for those services as well as permanent homes for the others as we move forward with the demolition of Outpatients B.”

Stepping Hill

Stepping Hill is “crumbling” (Image: Getty)

The first incident occurred on March 4th when the ceiling within the radiology division partially collapsed as a result of a leak, forcing the cancellation of a number of procedures.

The hospital belief has not disclosed what number of appointments had been affected, as per the Guardian report.

Another collapse occurred the subsequent day within the essential care unit, the place significantly in poor health sufferers receiving high-dependency care are handled. Swift motion was required to evacuate the 13-bed unit and guarantee affected person security.

The evacuated sufferers had been initially cared for in a few of Stepping Hill’s 20 working theatres, with some later transferred to a close-by hospital whereas repairs had been carried out, one other Guardian report mentioned.

Ms James knowledgeable the board that along with the outpatient unit’s closure, “we have also experienced unexpected and unrelated ceiling collapses in our critical care unit and radiology department, due to leaks from the heating system”.

She additional acknowledged: “The critical care unit had to be evacuated but no patients suffered harm thanks to the prompt actions of our staff. The leak in the radiology department did cause the cancellation of some appointments.”

The chief govt additionally cautioned that the “estate issues are increasingly affecting our services … we are likely to face more business continuity problems as a result of our ageing buildings”.

Ms James hinted that finishing up the repairs may very well be difficult because the belief will ‘must be lifelike in regards to the quantity of capital funding that’s more likely to be out there in 2024-25 to take care of the present hospital buildings’.

Stepping Hill has been desperately in search of further funding to repair the deteriorating elements of the hospital, together with making use of to turn out to be one of many 40 ‘new hospitals’ which the then-Prime Minister promised in 2019 to construct by 2030. However, that software was turned down.

A spokesperson for the Stockport NHS Trust acknowledged: “Leaks are a relatively common occurrence across a large and diverse estate, made up of different aged buildings, infrastructure and condition. We regularly survey the estate to measure the condition and help us direct investment to the appropriate area. It is common for small repairs to convert into larger more complex work, up to and including roof replacement.”