29 September 2010,

Community 1st Oldham Ltd LIFTCo - New Royton Health and Wellbeing Centre Opening

The new Royton Health and Wellbeing Centre opens its doors in October.

The three-storey centre, which is behind the town hall and library, alongside Royton pool, will replace the cramped and poorly laid out Royton Health Centre building.

The ground floor will be home to two GP practices - Royton and Crompton Family Practice and The Parks Medical Practice. There will also be a pharmacy and services to help people stay healthy. Community and school nursing teams, Royton Dental Care and services such podiatry and orthoptics will be on the first floor and the top floor will be reserved for office and staff space.

There will also be specialist clinics there, including child health, newborn hearing, mental health, anti-coagulation, enuretic and post natal.

Royton Dental Care will be the first to move in on October 5. Following this, the two GP practices, health visitors, district nurses, podiatry, child health, orthoptics and other remaining services will open on October 12. Plans have been put in place to minimise any disruption to patients while services move and patients have been informed.

Dr John Kelly, a GP at Royton and Crompton Practice, said: "Providing a high quality service to our patients is at the heart of everything we do. This new building will provide the facilities we need to deliver that care in a modern environment designed to meet the challenges of primary care in the 21st century."

An open afternoon will take place on Thursday October 7 from 3pm to 5.30pm, to give patients and local people the chance to have a look around.

Gail Richards is chief executive of NHS Oldham. She said: "This has been in the pipeline, as part of the development work we've been doing with our private and public sector partners, for more than five years.

"There will be challenges ahead as we move in to the future, with some difficult decisions to take locally in relation to our public services in Oldham. So we're pleased that patients and staff will be able to benefit from the new building and the opportunity it offers for people to make the best possible use of the NHS by using its services wisely."

Community 1st Oldham Ltd is the company that has led the development. Neil Charlesworth, general manager, said: "We are delighted to be part of the team who have made the plans for a new health and wellbeing centre in Royton a reality. Working with construction partner Mansell we have delivered the new building on time and on budget for the local community."

For further information please contact Community 1st Oldham Limited LIFTCo