08 April 2009,

Blackburn Street Practices Move Date Set

Blackburn Street Practices move date set - 9th April 2009

Staff based at the two GP Practices currently located at Blackburn Street Health Centre in Radcliffe, will be moving into their new home at Radcliffe Primary Care Centre, later this month.

The two GP Practices, Radcliffe Medical Practice (Drs. Qureshi & Behrana), and Dr. Khan's Practice, will be moving on Friday 27 March 2009 and will be delivering services to their patients from their new base from Monday 30 March 2009. Patients of the two practices will be receiving letters to confirm details of the move and the new contact details for the Practices.

The two Practices will be located on the 1st floor of the impressive £10m development located on Church Street West, which opened during February 2009.

The move from Blackburn Street Health Centre to the new centre is the end of an era for some staff, who have worked from Blackburn Street Health Centre since it opened back in 1975.

Mr Stephen Mills, Chief Executive for NHS Bury said; "Radcliffe Primary Care Centre is a very welcome addition to NHS Bury and a much needed new health resource in Radcliffe. I am delighted that the relocation of GP services from Blackburn Street Health Centre is now imminent, and that staff and patients are set to benefit from our modernisation of healthcare facilities."

Dr. Khan added; "It has been wonderful and a rewarding time working from Blackburn Street Health Centre since 1975, I was the first GP to move into Blackburn Street Health Centre, and I am very sad to leave the place, but look forward to working from Radcliffe Primary Care Centre."

Irene Abbott, Practice Manager from Radcliffe Medical Practice added; "It will be a sad day when we leave Blackburn Street as I have been there since it first opened in January 1975. However I am looking forward to the move into the new purpose built centre along with all the new services that will be on offer."

In the coming weeks, patients will also be able to access a wide range of other health and wellbeing services, diagnostic tests, minor surgery, and a range of community services, including Community Midwives, Community Dentistry, Audiology, Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapy, and much more. The Centre will also offer an on-site pharmacy for ready access to over the counter medicines and prescription drugs. Services will move into the centre in the coming weeks in a phased approach.

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Note to Editors:

Bury, Tameside & Glossop Community Solutions (BTGCS) is a public private LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) partnership between Bury Primary Care Trust (PCT), Tameside & Glossop PCT, Community Health Partnerships (CHP) and private sector partner Community Solutions for Primary Care.

Press Contacts:

Simon Barnes, General Manager - Bury, Tameside & Glossop Community Solutions - Tel: 07810 850 467 Email: simon.barnes@community-solutions.co.uk

Warren Taylor, Business Development Director - Community Solutions for Primary Care -Tel: 07813 056 056 Email: warren.taylor@community-solutions.co.uk