Big openings, new beginnings. Increased GP access in Tameside

Posted on September 8, 2009. Filed under: News stories, Providers | Tags: |

NHS Tameside & Glossop | Press Release | 8 September 2009

Three grand openings have heralded the advent of increased GP access in Tameside. The Mayor of Tameside John Sullivan opened new GP facilities surgeries in Guide Bridge and Droylsden on the morning of Saturday 5th September, while David Heyes MP for Ashton-under-Lyne opened the new Ashton GP service on the morning of Monday 7 September.

The new GP services are provided by GTD Primary Care. This is a subsidiary of Go to Doc the local Tameside and Glossop out of hours provider, who provide GP practice services in Oldham.

Two new GP surgeries opening in Droylsden and Guide Bridge are already giving more medical access to local people. These new surgeries will offer both weekend and evening openings for people in the local area.

The Ashton facility is a new type of GP service for the area. GPs at the centre are accessible every day in the year, from 8am till 8pm. It provides services for both registered and unregistered patients. Patients can ring to book an appointment, or can visit the centre to arrange for treatment. The aim of this facility is to help anyone whose busy lifestyle, practical circumstances or particular needs make flexible and accessible services vital.

With weekend and evening appointments, having to take time off work will be a thing of the past, while the service’s accessible nature will also encourage people who traditionally have had difficulty accessing primary medical services, such as homeless people or refugees.

On arrival, patients can be booked into the service by the reception staff who will record their details. Unregistered patients can be offered advice or treatment for various conditions and ailments including:

  • Advice on how to stay healthy
  • Emergency prescriptions
  • Emergency contraception
  • Blood tests (Monday – Friday 8am – 11am)
  • Strains and sprains
  • Superficial cuts and bruises
  • Stomach upsets
  • Minor rashes and infections
  • Bites and stings
  • Coughs, colds and flu like symptoms
  • Other health advice

People with more serious emergency complaints or injuries should still attend A&E departments, the nearest of which is at Tameside General Hospital.

These new GP practices will complement existing services in and around the Ashton, Droylsden and Guide Bridge areas. For more information on current services and initiatives available in the area, please contact your local surgery.

In addition to these, another new GP facility is planned to open in Mossley at a later date.

David Heyes MP said at the Ashton opening: “This is really welcome. These new GP services are just what the people of Ashton have been telling me they wanted. We’ve got a brand new, very well equipped building, right in the heart of the community and the extended hours mean that it will be open at the most convenient time for patients”.

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