22 June 2008,

One step closer to new health and community centre for Hamer and Wardleworth

One step closer to new health and community centre for Hamer and Wardleworth - 23rd June 2008

Residents in Hamer and Warldeworth are one step closer to getting their new state-of-the-art health and community centre after all the legal documents were signed off.

The £8.4million project, funded by Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Primary Care Trust (HMRPCT), is being developed in the heart of the community to improve access to health and social care services.

The new centre will provide modern, spacious and comfortable accommodation with better facilities for the local community, patients and staff.

John Pierce, Chair of HMRPCT, is pleased with the progress. "It's a great achievement to get to this stage," he said. "And it will be really exciting to the watch the development over the coming months as building work begins.

"The centre will be a hub for children's services and also provide services that are currently only available in hospitals, making them more accessible and bringing them closer to people's homes."

The development, which is being built in partnership with the Eric Wright Group and architects, Nightingale Associates, fronts a site facing the River Roch on Belfield Road.

Mike Collier, Director of Eric Wright said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with the PCT in helping them to achieve their vision."

Construction will begin in September 2008 with an anticipated completion date for late 2009.

Services will include:

GP practices, dental services, sexual health, family planning, orthoptics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, primary care mental health services, audiology, podiatry, speech and language therapy, district nurses, health visitors and a child development unit.

Notes to editors

The Heywood scheme and the Hamer & Wardleworth scheme together form the second tranche of schemes to be delivered through the local BRAHM LIFT partnership. It is by "bundling" schemes together in this manner that the public sector can benefit rather than looking to secure these separately.

The developments are part of the Department of Health's Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) initiative, which allows the NHS to use private investment to provide community facilities. Bolton, Rochdale and Heywood and Middleton (BRAHM) LIFT was established in May 2007 to drive forward these schemes locally.

These become the fourth and fifth BRAHM LIFT schemes to reach this stage. The first scheme to be delivered via BRAHM LIFT has recently opened its doors in Alkrington and work on the impressive (4,000m2) health centre in Deeplish is nearing completion and is expected to open towards the end of this year. There is also a 5,700m2 scheme at Breightmet in Bolton that will be due for completion by late 2008.

Ends

About Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT:

Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale PCT is the cornerstone of the NHS locally. Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale PCT has been given the funding to plan and commission health services for their local communities - a role previously carried out by health authorities.

We are responsible for planning, securing and directly providing health services and improving the health of the population of our four townships. We do this by ensuring the provision of accessible health services including hospitals, GPs, dentists, mental health care, Walk-In Centres, NHS Direct, patient transport (including accident and emergency), population screening, pharmacies and opticians. In addition, we are responsible for integrating health and social care so the two systems work together.

New Heart for Heywood NDC was established in 2001.

Press contact:
Sally Bruce, Communications Officer
Telephone: 01706 652 833
E-mail: sally.bruce@hmrpct.nhs.uk

New Heart for Heywood NDC is funded as part of the Department for Communities and Local Governments ten year, £2billion New Deal for Communities programme.   Each NDC's priorities are determined by a board, of which elected residents form a significant part.