High Peak MP Robert Largan has secured confirmation that construction of the new Urgent Care Centre at Stepping Hill Hospital will start next year.
Speaking during an Adjournment Debate on the hospital, which is used by parts of his constituency, the MP urged that construction should begin on the planned £30.6m ‘Emergency Care Campus’ as soon as possible.
Replying, Health Minister Ed Argar MP said: “Subject to public consultation and the development of plans, we hope that the business case and appropriate sign-offs and planning will take place this year, with construction beginning next year.
“We will work together to see whether we can speed things up, but that is the timescale as it currently stands,” he added.
The £30.6m funding will provide a three-storey, purpose-built campus, including an Urgent Care Centre, a GP assessment unit, a planned investigation unit, a new ambulance access road and improved waiting areas.
Speaking after the debate, Mr Largan said: “I’m very pleased that the Minister confirmed that they intend to start construction of the Urgent Care Centre next year.
“Given the recent worrying performance figures at Stepping Hill, this investment is badly needed.
“I’ve been working with the MP for Hazel Grove to push this up the Government’s agenda and we will continue to work together to get the new Urgent Care Centre built as soon as possible.”