Residents in Heywood are one step closer to getting their new state-of-the-art health and community centre after all the legal documents were signed off today.
The £7.3million project, funded by Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Primary Care Trust (HMRPCT), New Heart for Heywood (NHFH) and Rochdale Borough Council is being developed right in the centre of Heywood, improving access to services and making it convenient for all visitors to the town.
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.
"Not only will the centre provide a single point of access for all key services required by the local Heywood community, it will also provide the borough with health services that are currently only available in hospitals, making them more easily accessible and bringing them closer to people's homes."
Vicki Devonport, Chief Executive of NHFH said: "This is a legacy project for New Heart for Heywood NDC and a key part of the vision for the regeneration of the Heywood Township with the objective of improving the facilities and how services are delivered for Heywood residents. The project will raise aspirations and already has strong community involvement to ensure that services provided in Heywood match their needs. We have all gained greatly from the opportunities that have arisen from partnership working in the design of the facility and we look forward to continuing to working together to provide local services which are responsive to local needs."
Councillor Alan Taylor, leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: "It's great news for Heywood that this new facility is another step nearer becoming a reality. It will bring together council and health services in one place - including incorporating the existing library and functions of the civic centre - so it's a great example of effective partnership working between ourselves and the PCT. The extended opening hours will also make it easier for people to access some of the services that we offer in Heywood. It's part of my dream for Heywood to have a 'Town Hall' of its own!"
Cllr Colin Lambert, Heywood Township Cllr and Leader of the Labour Group added: "My thanks to all the partners for their efforts in working together to reach this ultimate achievement. The centre is a fantastic success story and will bring together health and council services for everyone in Heywood. I look forward to not only seeing improved services in Heywood through the facilities made available in the Heywood centre, but also to further developments to localise services in the future."
Comprising a long four storey block parallel to Pine Street with a glazed stair tower facing the Cenotaph Gardens, the development, built in partnership with construction company, Eric Wright Group and architects, Nightingale Associates, forms part of a major redevelopment of the town centre.
Mike Collier, Director of Eric Wright said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with the PCT, the Council and Heart of Heywood in helping them to achieve their joint vision."
Work on site will commence by the end of June with anticipated completion by late 2009.
Health services (transferred from Taylor Street) include:
Community dental services, district nurses, epilepsy services, family planning, dietician, orthoptics, speech and language therapy, podiatry, audiology, health visitors, primary care mental health services, physiotherapy, smoking cessation, refraction clinic, alcohol counselling and a baby clinic.
New health services include:
A young persons' clinic, diabetic specialist nurses, diabetes, sexual health, diabetic retinal screening, mobile medical unit access, clinical assessment and treatment services (CATS), anti-coagulation, depo-clinic and psychiatry, bereavement service, substance misuse services and midwifery.
Council services include:
Customer Services, Housing, Township & Democratic, Youth Service, Library
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.
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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 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.
New Heart for Heywood NDC was established in 2001.