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CQC says Stepping Hill Hospital needs improvement

Stepping Hill Hospital needs improvement according to a new assessment by the health watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission says that the hospital and the Shire Hill and Devonshire Unit requires improvement in areas of safety and responsiveness in some areas.

Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport Credit: Press Association

Though Stockport NHS Foundation Trust which runs them is recognised as providing effective, caring and well led services.

On the whole we saw staff treating patients in a compassionate and sensitive way, and patients and relatives were generally content with the care they received. We also identified some outstanding practice particularly within the trust's neonatal and paediatric services.

However, there have been longstanding issues with the urgent and emergency services provided at Stepping Hill Hospital, and the trust must improve this as a priority. I am concerned about the, long patient waits in A & E and the impact of bed capacity on patient experience.

Staffing levels and skill mix must be reviewed continuously to respond to the changing needs of people using the service. More focused work is required to ensure that patients are seen and treated promptly. We will be monitoring the trust's progress in respect of these important issues closely.

– Ellen Armistead, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals at CQC

Daughter furious after parking firm fine her late father

Emma MacDonald received a fine addressed to her late father Credit: MEN Syndication

A grieving daughter is furious after a parking firm chasing her late father for a fine issued after he died.

Emma MacDonald, 36, of Reddish, parked at the Peel Centre on a trip to register her dad’s death using his Skoda Fabia for the journey.

She says she paid at the machine - entering the car’s registration as instructed - but the ticket came out with only ‘SN’ where the numberplate should be printed.

This meant machine records of who had paid for parking did not match footage of Emma driving into the Peel Centre, in central Stockport.

And two weeks later a letter addressed to her dad, James MacDonald, was sent by parking enforcers Excel demanding the payment of a fine.

Emma appealed, explaining the machine’s error and that her dad had passed away, but Excel rejected the plea and sent another demand - still addressed to her dad.

But after the Stockport Express contacted Excel, the company has apologised and cancelled the fine.

Although it does say the fine itself was correctly issued because ‘an incomplete registration number’ was input.

The correspondence was addressed to her father James MacDonald Credit: MEN Syndication

Emma said: “They were not even chasing me, they were chasing my dad so would have need a time machine. Given the circumstances it wasn’t very fair.

“I am stubborn so was not going to pay it. I’d heard things about Excel but thought it was an urban legend.”

Mr MacDonald died on June 6 following a nine year battle with cancer.

Emma, an accountant who had moved back to her parents home to care for her father, visited the Peel Centre the next day.

James MacDonald passed away after a 9 year battle with cancer Credit: MEN Syndication

While the parking charge was issued correctly, due to an incomplete registration number being input, we acknowledge there was an administrative oversight when processing Miss MacDonald’s appeal.

The appeal should have been escalated to a senior manager to consider mitigating circumstances and our response should have been sent to Miss MacDonald.

We are addressing the training and processing issues arising from this.

The parking charge has been cancelled and we will write to Miss MacDonald and her mother to convey our condolences, along with our most sincere apologies.

– Excel Spokesperson

Bramall Hall reopens to the public

An historic manor house is about to welcome visitors again after a huge restoration project.

Bramall Hall in Stockport, famous for its black and white timber construction, dates back six centuries.

It's doors have been closed for nearly two years while repairs and refurbishments are carried out.

Tickets for the reopening last weekend sold out, but Tim Scott managed to get in early to have a look.

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Man attacked with an axe in Stockport

The man was attacked with an axe in Heaton Chapel Credit: PA

A man is fighting for his life after he was attacked with an axe.

Police found a 39–year-old man with serious head injuries in Nelstrop Walk in Heaton Chapel, Stockport shortly after 5am on Tuesday morning.

He was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable but serious condition.

A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently in custody.

Sergeant David Chambers, from GMP’s Stockport borough, said:

Our investigation is in the early stages and we are still trying to ascertain the circumstances behind this attack.

We do not believe there was any threat to the wider public and this was isolated incident.

We currently have one man in custody who is helping us with our enquiries but I would still appeal to the public for any information.

If you witnessed this incident or have any information about the attack then please call us.

Information can be passed on to GMP by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Sergeant David Chambers
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