Patients to benefit from new health and well-being facility

Posted on July 20, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, Press/News Releases | Tags: |

Oldham PCT | 20 July 2009

Patients in Hathershaw and Fitton Hill will benefit from a long-awaited boost to health services in the area, thanks to a new health facility which has opened this month.

The new facility is a result of work with local people, NHS Oldham, the local primary care trust responsible for healthcare in the borough, Oldham Council and New Deal for Communities.

It is part of plans for four new GP practices in Oldham which were announced in April to increase access to health services.

The facility on Deanshut Road (opposite Medlock Valley community school) will house the Hill Top GP practice, the Ravat & Ray dental practice and other support staff.

There are plans for the facility to also have support services such as lifestyle, money management and debt advice, youth activities, counsellors and a social worker.

The opening hours of the GP practice will be Monday, Thursday and Friday, 8am to 7pm and Tuesday and Wednesday, 8am to 8pm. Patients should contact the centre on 0161 622 2760 or drop in to make an appointment to register.

Ravat & Ray Dental Care are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm with late nights on Tuesday and Wednesday until 7.30pm and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm. They can be contacted on 0161 627 7060.

Alan Higgins, director of public health for Oldham, said: “I am delighted that the new facility is open and that it brings new doctors and new dentists to Oldham. This practice and our plans for three more are the result of a lot of work with local people to provide the access to health care that they need. The practices are part of our long-term plans to meet the needs of our communities by setting up a network of community healthcare provision.

“Our aim is to provide extra GP services in parts of Oldham where there are currently not as many, making it easier for people to see a doctor at a time which is convenient for them.”

Hope Citadel Healthcare,a local not-for-profit community interest company, will be running the Hill Top surgery in Fitton Hill and another of the four new practices planned for Hollinwood.

Hope Citadel Healthcare chair Laura Neilson said:”We understand that health is much more than simply not being sick and so we will work with, link in and support other programmes to try to keep patients well. The company has been set up by local people who live here and know the area well, so it is even more important to us to ensure this new practice can care for the whole person and the whole family.”

Three of the four new doctors’ surgeries are being paid for with extra funding from the government.

One practice in the town centre and one at Coldhurst will be run by Go To Doc, which currently provides daytime and out of hours GP and out of hours dental services in Oldham and other parts of Greater Manchester.

The three GP practices in Fitton Hill, Coldhurst and Hollinwood will offer traditional GP services. They will all be based in temporary places while permanent bases are built or permanent locations identified. The priority was to get them up and running and providing much needed services for local people as soon as possible.

The Hill Top practice in Fitton Hill will eventually move in to a new building as part of the New Deal for Communities neighbourhood centre in the area. The Coldhurst one will be based on the Westhulme site near the Royal Oldham Hospital then moving into a permanent facility in the Coldhurst area. The Hollinwood practice will be on Cardiff Close near to the Hollinwood Business Centre.

The new town centre practice, will be open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week, 365 days a year and people will be able to register there, or remain registered with their own GP but ‘drop-in’ for an appointment. It will also specialise in services for young people.

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