The Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP, Secretary of State for Health, visited the new multimillion pound health centre in Milkstone and Deeplish on Saturday 20th September, to celebrate its handover and announce its new name - Nye Bevan House.
In his speech, the Secretary of State explained how Nye Bevan, the founder of the NHS 60 years ago, would be very 'proud' of the new centre.
John Pierce, Chair of NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale said: "We are extremely privileged that the Secretary of State was able to celebrate this special occasion with us in the year of the 60th anniversary of the NHS."
Prior to the official ceremony, the Secretary of State was given a guided tour of the centre by NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale's Medical Director, Dr Nick Dawes. He spent time speaking with district nurses, PALS staff, Health Trainers, GPs and dentists - all from services moving into the new centre over the next couple of months - as well as being introduced to local school children who had taken part in an artwork competition for the new centre.
The Secretary of State added: "Nye Bevan House is a one stop shop for local people to access health services. It has been built to the very highest standards, standards that the local community should be proud of."
The prestigious £10million development on Maclure Road will house four GP practices and four dental suites as well as a wide range of services including some which only used to be available at hospital.
The name of the health centre had been put forward along with a number of other suggestions by local residents through a naming competition.
Services in the centre include:
Four GP practices (existing practices)
Four dental suites (for PCT Community Dental Services and an NHS Dental Practice)
Physiotherapy (including fully equipped gymnasium)
Audiology (with four specialist audiology rooms)
Speech and language therapy
Primary Care Mental Health Services
District nurse treatment rooms
Sexual Health Services
Minor operations room
A child health clinic
Community Café (managed by Rochdale MIND)
The development, which has been designed by Nightingale Associates and built by construction company, the Eric Wright Group, will provide modern and spacious facilities for both patients and staff.
Services will begin to move into the centre over the next couple of months, with the centre being fully operational by the end of the year.
Secretary of State for Health, Alan Johnson MP, with Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale NHS Chairman, John Pierce, at the naming ceremony of the state-of-the-art health centre, Nye Bevan House - Photographer: MJX Photography
Notes to editors
This development is 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.
We are part of the 4th wave of LIFT schemes nationally and opened our first health centre through this scheme in Alkrington earlier this year.
The development in Deeplish is the second health centre in the Rochdale Borough being built through this scheme. Construction work has started on a third development in Heywood and work is due to begin on a fourth development in Hamer and Wardleworth imminently. Planning permission has also been granted for joint service centres in Middleton and Littleborough.
Bolton, Rochdale and Heywood and Middleton (BRAHM) LIFT was established in May 2007 to drive forward these schemes locally.The free prize draw for the naming competition is being held this week.
For more information
Sally Bruce - Communications Officer, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale
01706 652833 or firstname.lastname@example.org