08 April 2008,

'Keys to the door' for first wave 4 building to be completed

'Keys to the door' for first wave 4 building to be completed - 8th April 2008

Work on the new state-of-the-art health centre in Alkrington has completed and the 'keys to the door' have officially been handed over from the builders.

Services are moving into the prestigious £1.5M development, which is the first of many to be built across the borough to improve health and social care facilities, and patients are already beginning to walk through the door.

The new centre, built in partnership with Lancashire builders, Eric Wright Group and local architects, Nightingale Associates, replaces Alkrington Clinic and offers more health services out of hospitals, right in the heart of the Alkrington community. 

Trevor Purt, Chief Executive of Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Primary Care Trust was there to receive the keys to the new centre on Kirkway. "This symbolic key handover marks a new era for health care, not only for those in Alkrington but also for everyone across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.

"When we ventured into this project, we showed our commitment to provide health services in the right place, at the right time and by the right health professionals, and this centre shows we are providing just that.

"Patients will benefit from shorter waiting times and faster treatment in convenient locations. Our staff will benefit from working in purpose built premises as well as safe, secure and attractive environments.

"The builders have done a great job and delivered right on schedule and work continues on the second centre in Deeplish, which is due to open this Autumn. Planning permission has been granted for a centre in Heywood and another for the residents of Hamer and Wardleworth, and plans are already in place for new centres in Middleton and Littleborough. It's exciting times for everyone across the borough."

Mike Collier, Director of Eric Wright said: 'We are delighted to be working in close partnership with the Primary Care Trust and helping achieve their vision."

Services available at the new health centre:

•         GP Surgery
•         Audiology
•         Orthoptics
•         Physiotherapy
•         District nurses treatment room
•         Primary Care Mental Health Services
•         Well baby clinic
•         Epilepsy Service
•         Diabetic Service
•         Citizens Advice Bureau
•         Podiatry - coming soon

Picture: Director of Eric Wright, Mike Collier, hands over the keys to Trevor Purt, Chief Executive of Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Primary Care Trust, as (L-R) Jim Dobbin MP, Justin Harris from Nightingale Associates and John Pierce, Chair of HMRPCT, look on.

Notes to editors:
The developments are part of the fourth wave of the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) scheme - a Department of Health finance initiative allowing the NHS to use private investment to provide community facilities.  

The official opening ceremony for the new health centre will take place in July to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

Sally Bruce
Communications Officer
Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT
Tel: 01706 652833
E-mail: sally.bruce@hmrpct.nhs.uk