Stepping Hill Hospital

0161 483 1010 Poplar Grove, Hazel Grove , Stockport, Cheshire, SK2 7JE

4.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 327 ratings for this hospital


  • Stepping Hill Hospital#s stroke unit ranked top in England
  • Specialist neck surgery at Stepping Hill Hospital
  • Safe for bowel cancer treatment


Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport

Stepping Hill Hospital provides services for people from across Stockport and the High Peak.

Our urologymaternityorthopaedic and stroke services at Stepping Hill Hospital are highly-rated nationally. We run one of the largest orthopaedic services in the country and a specialist stroke centre serving the south of Manchester. 

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Stepping Hill Hospital

Tel: 0161 483 1010   Fax: 0161 419 4679

Address: Poplar Grove, Hazel Grove, Stockport, Cheshire, SK2 7JE



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Patient Roy Miller with physio Katie Spiller consultant Krishnamoorthy & sister Clare McQuaker

Stepping Hill Hospital#s stroke unit ranked top in England

Stepping Hill Hospital’s stroke centre in Stockport has been officially ranked as the best in the country.

The independent report from the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) rates the quality and performance of services for every stroke patient, from treatment to recovery. It is the single source of stroke data for England.

Stepping Hill Hospital came first in the country out of a total of 224 stroke centres. It shows a big improvement for the hospital, leaping up the national rankings by 50 places over the past eighteen months. Stepping Hill Hospital’s stroke centre assesses over 3000 patients with suspected stroke and treats over 1100 stroke patients a year. It is one of only three specialist units in Greater Manchester and expanded its services three years ago. The unit treats patients from the High Peak and Eastern Cheshire, as well as Greater Manchester.

Strokes are the fourth biggest killer in the UK, and a leading cause of disability – but swift, specialist treatment can make a huge difference. There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK, with someone suffering from one every five minutes. In Greater Manchester the number is 6000 every year. The Stepping Hill stroke centre uses high tech scanners to detect blood clots in the brain, and then emergency `clot-busting` drugs to break them down. It also provides stroke patients with a full rehabilitation programme, with a team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists working alongside stroke doctors and nurses.

The centre includes a dedicated assessment unit for stroke patients in the emergency department, hyperacute stroke unit , physiotherapy gym, therapy rooms, sensory garden and new unit specifically for assessment of ‘mini-strokes’.

Patients have ranged in age from 21 to 104, with the average patient staying on the unit for 22 days.

Roy Miller (76) from New Mills in the High Peak, Derbyshire is currently recovering at Stepping Hill Hospital following a stroke several weeks ago. He is making good progress and said, “Having a stroke is very frightening, but the support and reassurance I have had from all the staff here has been a huge help. It’s certainly very good to know this is the best stroke unit in England, and to be honest it doesn’t surprise me. The care they have given me, doing their very best to help me to recover, has really been fantastic.”

Dr Shivakumar Krishnamoorthy, clinical director for stroke services at the hospital said, "We`re really proud and delighted with this gold standard assessment of our services. Having access to the right tests and treatments immediately; such as the CT scans, clot busting drug, and specialist stroke therapy, means that stroke patients have a much better chance of recovery.

"Everything we do is about ensuring we provide the highest quality of care for our patients and this achievement is testimonial to the teamwork and dedication of all the staff involved.

Ann Barnes, chief executive of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stepping Hill Hospital, said, "We are immensely proud of our services and this top ranking is testament to the skill and commitment of all our staff, as well as the investment we have made.

“Our stroke centre seamlessly sews together all aspects of care; bringing experts and equipment under one roof to provide first-class treatment, reducing death rates and long-term disability”.

Last updated on 14 November 2017.

Patient David Kick and advanced nurse practitioner Johanna Wilkinson

Specialist neck surgery at Stepping Hill Hospital

Stepping Hill Hospital is now carrying out a specialist form of neck surgery to provide swifter treatment for patients with spinal cord or nerve compression.

The neck surgery, which is medically referred to as cervical spine or C-spine surgery, involves the removal of discs, ligaments or bones to treat these disabling conditions. They can be caused by slipped discs pressing on the nerves which can cause arm pain, or directly on to the spinal cord. This can cause people to become unsteady and fall over, and in severe cases, even paralysis.

In the Greater Manchester region, this specialist surgery was previously only available at Salford Royal Hospital. Stepping Hill Hospital is only the second hospital in the area to perform these operations.

This surgery can also be carried out as an emergency in patients with neck injuries, cancer or infections. David Kick, a 56 year old HGV driver from Offerton in Stockport was rushed to hospital with a neck abscess, which is a deep neck infection which can often be fatal. Unknowingly he had developed diabetes, which was uncontrolled, and this had led to the severe infection.

When David arrived at Stepping Hill Hospital he was unable to move his arms or legs and had septicaemia, a life-threatening blood infection. He was rushed from the hospital’s A&E and acute medical unit for an emergency neck (C-spine) operation to drain the abscess and another abscess was drained from his leg. With a longer delay he may not have survived.

David was in intensive care for ten days, but is now recovering well on the hospital’s spinal ward. He will soon be moving to their off-site Devonshire Unit, but is now walking again and hopes to be up and about for his son’s wedding in June.

David said, “I’m so grateful that Stepping Hill Hospital now does this surgery, as it’s made all the difference for me. I’ve been here eight weeks and the care I’ve had from all the staff has been extraordinary.’

The C-spine surgery is carried out by a team led by surgeon Mr Parmjit Sian.

Mr Sian explains “The fact that we can now carry out this surgery at Stepping Hill Hospital can mean the difference between life and death for a patient like David. It is complex surgery as the cervical spine contains seven bones, known as vertebrae. These bones are stacked on top of one another and linked by discs, ligaments, and muscles which surround the spinal cord and nerves. “

“The surgical goal is to restore spinal stability and create some room for the spinal cord and nerves. Patients generally have a good recovery and eventually can return to activities of daily living.”


Last updated on 08 November 2017.

Stepping Hill Hospital consultant Ed Clark

Safe for bowel cancer treatment

Recent statistics confirm that Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport is delivering some of the most successful and safest bowel cancer treatment in the country.

The National Bowel Cancer Audit, which is published nationally, shows high survival rates for bowel cancer patients who undergo surgery and treatment at Stepping Hill Hospital.

The 90 day mortality figures for patients treated by Stepping Hill is 1.9%, well below the national average of 3.6%, and among the top ratings in the country. The two year mortality figure is 13.8%; again much lower than the national average and the lowest rating in the north west.

The audit follows a NHS England report, in October 2016, which ranked Stockport as the 7th best area in England for cancer treatment in terms of prompt diagnosis and treatment, one-year survival rates and the overall patient experience. It also follows 100% satisfaction rates for the hospital’s cancer outpatient services in the Friends and Family Test.

Despite moves to increase the early diagnosis of bowel cancer about 30% of patients have to have treatment as an emergency. The recent National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) audit looking at emergency surgery showed that Stepping Hill was in the top 10 for safety in the country and second only to Bristol University for large units.

Bowel cancer is the most common cancer in non-smokers and second most common cause of death from cancer. Over 40,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, that’s around 110 people every day. 

Stepping Hill treats around 200 bowel cancer patients each year, with cases being similar to other hospitals in terms of complexity and risk. It has a specialist bowel cancer team which includes surgeons, oncologists, cancer nurses and stoma therapists, as well as state-of–the-art critical care facilities. This ensures each patient has the highest quality advice, support and care throughout their time with the hospital.

Ed Clark, a consultant surgeon at Stepping Hill Hospital, who specialises in bowel cancer, said, “Surgery is the main curative treatment for bowel cancer and we are delighted that this independent audit confirms the high quality and safety of our care.

“The whole team is constantly striving to improve our care and results as well as staying up to date with the latest technology. Over the last few years we were the first in Manchester to introduce new techniques for both advanced and early rectal cancer.

For patients to know how safe it is for them to come to this hospital is a huge message and it's a great tribute to the team here. Our results are constantly improving thanks to the multi-disciplinary team work and improved post-operative care. Having cancer surgery is always a stressful experience, but patients at Stepping Hill can be assured that they are in the very best hands.”


Last updated on 27 January 2017.

Quality of service at Stepping Hill Hospital

This hospital is managed by Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Care Quality Commission inspection ratings

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% of registered nurse day hours filled as planned (Hospital)

91% of planned level - This shows how well the ward's staffing requirements are being met

% of Unregistered care staff day hours filled as planned (Hospital)

100% of planned level - This shows how well the ward's staffing requirements are being met

% of registered nurse night hours filled as planned (Hospital)

94% of planned level - This shows how well the ward's staffing requirements are being met

% of Unregistered care staff night hours filled as planned (Hospital)

110% of planned level - This shows how well the ward's staffing requirements are being met

Friends and Family Test: Inpatient

94%Patients recommend this hospital. 1889 responses

Friends and Family Test score: A&E

87%Patients recommend this hospital. 1172 responses

Friends and Family Test score: Maternity

Friends and Family Test score: Staff - Care

76%staff recommend this hospital for care. 1580 responses. 5214 staff work at this trust.

Friends and Family Test score: Staff - Work

54%staff recommend this hospital as a place to work. 1580 responses. 5214 staff work at this trust.

Friends and Family Test Score: Community

89%Patients recommend this hospital. 592 responses.

Friends and Family test score: Outpatients

92%Patients recommend this hospital. 600 responses.

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Latest reviews of this hospital

Hip replacement from a fall

A fall at home resulting in a hip fracture. From the very helpful ambulance crew through A& E at Stepping Hill and quickly on to War...

17 March 2018

A and E delays

On Wednesday evening my elderly farther suffered a broken bone from a fall. Although it was over 14hrs+ between phoning the ambulance and...

15 March 2018

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Recently attended for a gastroscopy appointment. All the staff were friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. I was treated with respect and...

15 March 2018

refused x-ray

Asthmatic. Following chest trauma still experiencing pain and coughing up mucus 3 weeks on. GP referred for x-ray. radiographer refused t...

11 March 2018

Day Case Ward D5

On the 6 March 2018 I had a minor gynaecology operation. I have to say all the staff, Drs, nurses etc were very professional, helpful, ...

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Last updated on 14 November 2017.

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