A healthy future for Oldham

Posted on July 29, 2009. Filed under: LIFT, News stories |

Oldham PCT | News | 16 July 2009

Two multi-million pound health developments are one step nearer to completion.

Plans for new health centres in Werneth and the Shaw and Crompton area of Oldham have now been submitted to Oldham Council for approval.

It is expected that a decision will be reached in early September, following a planning committee hearing.

Subject to successful planning approval, construction is expected to begin in early 2010 and be completed in Spring 2011.

Shauna Dixon, director of clinical leadership at NHS Oldham, the primary care trust responsible for local NHS services, said: “These developments are the latest in a network across Oldham to ensure people have access to the high quality health and well-being services they deserve.

“Not only are we looking at modernising and improving health centres, but also the services that are provided within them.”

Neil Charlesworth, general manager of Community 1st Oldham, said: “We are very excited to be at the stage where the local community can see the plans for what will be two fantastic new community facilities for the Shaw and Crompton and Werneth areas of Oldham. 

“These, along with several other developments across the borough are really moving forward and this is an exciting time for all involved. We are seeing our plans for improved community facilities becoming a reality.”

The developments are being delivered as part of Oldham’s Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme. NHS Oldham is one of the leading organisations of Community 1st Oldham, which is responsible for the LIFT programme. 

There are already two new healthcare developments that have been built as part of LIFT, in the Moorside and Glodwick areas of Oldham. Later this year, the programme’s flagship development, the Oldham Integrated Care Centre, will open in the town centre next to the main bus station and will provide a wide range of services all under one roof. 

The new Chadderton Well-being Centre, led by Oldham Council, is due to open at the end of October. This will replace the old swimming baths, leisure centre and library. 

Royton’s Health and Well-being Centre is well underway and is due to open in winter 2010. This will replace the current Royton Health Centre. 

Future developments include Fitton Hill and the Saddleworth area.

Oldham LIFT developments

The first three schemes to be developed include the Town Centre, Glodwick and Moorside and plans are currently being drawn up for developments at Werneth, Crompton and Royton. Over the course of 20 years, the total programme could potentially bring in £100 million.

Better premises will help us to continue to improve our services to the people of Oldham, bringing high quality health and social care close to people’s homes and into the hearts of communities, helping us to recruit the very best health professionals, and contributing to the regeneration of some of Oldham’s neighbourhoods.

The different types of centres anticipated include:

  • Integrated Care Centres in the Town Centre, Werneth, North Chadderton and South Chadderton;
  • Primary care centres in Glodwick, Crompton and Royton;
  • Medical centres in Moorside and Werneth, plus a development in Springhead.

The Integrated Care Centres will link with smaller buildings housing GPs and other health professionals.

Community 1st Oldham (C1OL)


The Department of Health, the local healthcare community and the private sector have joined forces to establish a joint venture company: Community 1st Oldham Limited.

Oldham’s 25 year LIFT programme brings together NHS Oldham, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust and a private sector partner to develop and deliver state of the art community facilities closer to where people live and facilitate greater joined up service delivery.

The Department of Health and the local NHS retain a significant shareholding in the LIFT partnership to ensure transparency and value for money at all stages. Any benefits arising from this arrangement can also be reinvested in the local healthcare economy.

Completed schemes

  1. Glodwick Primary Care Centre
  2. Moorside Medical Centre

Ongoing schemes

  1. Chadderton Health & Well Being Centre
  2. Royton Health and Well-being Centre 
  3. Town Centre, Integrated Care Centre (Oldham)

Future schemes

  1. Crompton Primary Care
  2. Fitton Hill Neighbourhood Centre, Fitton Hill & Hathershaw
  3. Saddleworth area
  4. Werneth area

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