New GP practices open doors on Monday

Date published: 30 October 2009

Two new GP practices are set to open on Monday (2 November).

The Kirkholt Medical Centre, located on Queens Drive, and The Kingsway Practice located at Morrisons, Kingsway will have four new doctors and be open from 8:30am to 6pm, plus a further four hours per week, of which 90 minutes will be on a Saturday.

Both practices will offer core GP services as well as focussing on cardiovascular disease, diagnosis and treatment of hypertension and diabetes, stop smoking service, weight management service and Choose and Book.

John Pierce, Chairman of NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, said: “I have managed to get a sneak preview of the practices and meet staff before they open and think they are a fantastic addition to general practice in Rochdale.

“These new practices will provide the additional resource needed to start tackling key health issues in Rochdale, as well as providing routine treatment and care.

"They will also help to make getting a GP appointment easier and relieve some pressure from GPs in the surrounding areas. Both services are proactive in their nature and will seek to build relationships with the local community to ensure that the care they provide meets local needs.”

Oldham-based Go to Doc Primary Care will be providing services at The Kirkholt Medical Centre and Rochdale-based GP Care Services will be running The Kingsway Practice.

Another practice will open in Heywood on 1 December, as well as a GP-led health centre in Middleton, where patients can either register or walk in and see a GP.

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