23 January 2009,

£11m flagship health centre opens in Bolton

£11m flagship health centre opens in Bolton - 22nd January 2009

The first patients have been treated at a new £11m state-of-the-art health centre.

Breightmet Health Centre opened its doors on 5th January, with various services moving into the building, along with GPs and district nurses.

But it will also be the base for a range of treatments only previously available at hospital.

It is the first - and largest - of a number of health centres to be built around Bolton and the flagship development in NHS Bolton's programme to improve health and reduce inequalities across the town.

The building, which has been funded through the Local Improvement Finance Trust, is 10 times bigger than the Alastair Ross health centre in Breightmet Fold Lane, which it replaces.

Tim Evans, chief executive of NHS Bolton, said: "Breightmet now has a health centre to be proud of. We want people in east Bolton to see this new facility as a resource for the whole community.

"The wide range of services under one roof, from general practice to adult social services, from mental health to library, from commercial pharmacy to community nursing, shows that Bolton is at the leading edge of a modernised National Health Service."

Services will gradually move into the centre over the coming months, with the Alastair Ross Medical Practice, The Dunstan Partnership and Physiotherapy services the first to get up and running.

Other services to locate to the centre include children's services, neuro-rehabilitation, the acute community nursing team and the community mental health team for adults.

Anita Jones, practice manager at the Alastair Ross Medical Practice, said: "It's a wonderful building in which to work and for patients - light and airy, bright and spacious and clean. It is so much more comfortable than the old place."

The centre will be fully operational later in the year and once Breightmet Library has relocated to the building an official opening will be held.

Residents in the area are being invited to look round the building and find out more about the centre on Wednesday, January 28.

For more information:
Sam Bruce - Communications Officer, NHS Bolton
01204 462027 or samantha.bruce@bolton.nhs.uk