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Patients evacuated after TWO ceilings collapse within days at crumbling Greater Manchester hospital

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Patients were forced to be evacuated and scans cancelled after two ceilings collapsed within a day of one another at a crumbling Greater Manchester hospital.

Stepping Hill Hospital has suffered two ceiling collapses in recent weeks because of leaks within the heating system. The collapses came inside the radiology department and in the critical care unit, where seriously ill patients receive intensive and high-dependency treatment.

The Stockport hospital has long been struggling with its ageing buildings becoming increasingly decrepit, and the continued major structural concerns are being called ‘dangerous for both patients and staff’. READ MORE: Greater Manchester hospital 'immediately' closes major department The two ceiling collapses follow the 'immediate' complete closure of the hospital’s Outpatient B department in November, which the Manchester Evening News reported.

The closure came because of a ‘significant deterioration of the structure of the building’, according to inspectors. That outpatient unit is now only providing 51 per cent of the outpatient appointments it should.

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