GP Services in NHS Heywood, Rochdale & Middleton

Posted on July 28, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, Press/News Releases |

NHS Heywood, Rochdale & Middleton | accessed on 28 July 2009

As part of the Darzi Next Stage Review of the NHS, every PCT in the country was awarded funding to develop a new GP-led health centre within their area.  Due to the low numbers of doctors for our population, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale was one of 38 PCT’s to receive further funding to develop additional GP Practices also.

We began the Equitable Access in Primary Medical Care (EAPMC) project in January 2008 to procure the new health centre and four new GP practices.  After thorough research and evaluation, we decided that the new services would be based in the wards with the greatest health need.  These areas are as follows:

  • Middleton- Health Centre
  • Rochdale- GP Practice
  • Balderstone- GP Practice
  • Smallbridge and Wardleworth- GP Practice
  • Heywood- GP Practice

The new services will be open for longer and will provide additional services as well as traditional GP services, depending on the health need of each ward.  In order to determine what these services are, NHS HMR conducted a borough-wide public consultation in April 2008.  This included a consultation pack being distributed to every household in the borough, seven consultation events in the community and five focus groups with key individuals including the Youth Council, as well as a stakeholder workshop.

What are the new services?

Each new practice is required to develop a cardiovascular at risk register, find and treat for hypertension and diabetes, stop smoking service, weight management service and a Choose and Book service. 

The health centre will provide all these services but will also have a focus on children and family, with the relocation of services from Booth Hall Children’s Hospital leaving a gap in the North Manchester market.  The additional services the health centre will provide are a child health promotion programme, advice and support to young, vulnerable and single parents, breast feeding awareness and Chlamydia screening.

Up to four GP’s will be located at the health centre which will be open from 08:00-20:00 every day.  It will have a registered patient list of 3,000 and also an unregistered service so people will be able to walk in and be seen without an appointment.

All of the practices and the health centre will be open before December 2009; exact dates have still yet to be confirmed. 

Who are the providers and where are the practices?

  • Rochdale

The Rochdale GP Practice will be located at the Morrisons Supermarket, Kingsway in a purpose built unit on the car park.  This is an ideal location for the large housing estates surrounding, with excellent transport links and parking.  It is a convenient solution, as patients will be able to tie in appointments with their grocery shopping and visit the on-site pharmacy if they so wish. 
The provider is Rochdale-based GP Care Services.  The company is committed to developing modern primary care services without losing the fundamental core values that are central to quality general practice.  Its central business philosophy is one of high quality provision with an emphasis on integrated clinical governance, staff feedback and development, and a real commitment to improving healthcare for the people of Rochdale.

  • Balderstone

The Balderstone Practice will be located on Queens Drive, Kirkholt; a site which currently houses three blocks of flats.  These flats will be demolished, with one site being the GP practice, another a pharmacy and the remaining site being reserved for a community development project which has still yet to be agreed.  

The provider is Go to Doc Primary Care.  Go to Doc Primary Care is a subsidiary of GO To DOC, a not-for-profit primary care organisation which has been providing out of hours and GP practice services in Oldham, Tameside and Glossop for 11 years. 

Go to Doc aims to provide high quality, patient-centred care by putting patients and their families at the centre of all we do, working in partnership with the local community.  They deliver evidence-based care to agreed standards of excellence focus on delivering a seamless patient journey and develop innovative solutions to improve services.

  • Heywood

The Heywood GP Practice will be located on George Street on the site which was formerly Birtle View School.   

Like Balderstone, the provider of the Heywood practice is Go to Doc Primary Care. 

  • Smallbridge and Wardleworth

The Smallbridge and Wardleworth Practice is located at St Stevens Square, which was formally the Ralph Williams Clinic.  The practice opened on 1st August; the first in the programme.  Click here for full details

The provider is IntraHealth Limited, which was founded in 1999 by a team of NHS staff including doctors, pharmacist and healthcare managers. The company, based in County Durham, has been operating GP practices for more than five years and provides primary medical services to more than 35,000 patients from 17 locations across the country. The company also provides chronic disease services such as anticoagulant monitoring to other GP practices and Primary Care Trusts nationally.

  • Middleton

The health centre will be located in the Middleton Arndale Shopping Centre, on the 1st floor.  It may eventually be located at the Middleton Joint Service Centre once that has been developed.  

The provider is Hope Citadel Healthcare.  Led by local GP Dr Fred Thomason from the Junction Surgery, Hope Citadel is a community interest company.  It is a unique model, working in partnership with The Salvation Army, Inspire Middleton and The Lighthouse Project.  This supports the company’s vision to establish a first class, seamless healthcare that cares for the whole person.  Good health is not achieved in isolation but is affected by money, family, community and lifestyle choices. Hope Citadel will aim to tackle all of these areas to fully improve the health of the local population.


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