03 November 2009,

Oldham LIFT - £20m Integrated Care Centre Opens to Public

The Oldham Integrated Care Centre (ICC), a flagship NHS development and one of the largest primary care facilities being delivered by the LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) initiative in the UK, opened its doors to the first patients on Monday 2nd November.

Located in Oldham's town centre and delivered by Oldham LIFT Company Community 1st Oldham, the ICC represents the largest investment in primary care in Oldham in recent years. It will enable NHS Oldham to deliver a step-change in the way healthcare is delivered across the borough, providing more services in a local community setting which would traditionally have been delivered in an acute hospital.

Services include:

  • five GP practices

  • dentists

  • outpatient services

  • minor surgery

  • urgent care

  • audiology and orthoptics

  • therapy facilities

  • children and older people's services

  • pharmacy

  • cafe.

Bringing all these services together under one roof enables patients to have access to diagnostic testing and emergency treatment in a convenient town centre location without having to travel to hospital.

The building has been designed to be easy to use, with a clear patient journey and innovative use of signage, colour-coding and images to aid way-finding.

The state-of-the-art development sits amongst other local civic buildings such as the council civic centre, bus station and law courts, and the building has been designed to fit sympathetically into its surroundings and bring together a 'civic quarter' for Oldham. The finished building is visible for miles around and is a focal point for the Oldham skyline. It is envisaged that this striking and innovative building will have a huge catalytic impact on the regeneration of the Oldham town centre.

For more information contact Anna Sarginson, Director of Communications on 0161 831 9722 or asarginson@equitysolutions.org.uk