The new Royton Health and Wellbeing Centre will open its doors in October.
The three-storey centre, situated behind the town hall and library, alongside Royton pool, will replace the cramped and poorly laid out Royton Health Centre building.
The ground floor will be home to two GP practices – Royton and Crompton Family Practice and The Parks Medical Practice. There will also be a pharmacy and services to help people stay healthy. Community and school nursing teams, Royton Dental Care and services such as podiatry and orthoptics will be on the first floor and the top floor will be reserved for office and staff space.
There will also be specialist clinics there, including child health, newborn hearing, mental health, anti-coagulation, enuretic and post natal.
Royton Dental Care will be the first to move in on 5 October. Following this, the two GP practices, health visitors, district nurses, podiatry, child health, orthoptics and other remaining services will open on 12 October.
An open afternoon will take place on Thursday 7 October from 3pm to 5.30pm, to give patients and local people the chance to have a look around.
Dr John Kelly, a GP at Royton and Crompton Practice, said: “Providing a high quality service to our patients is at the heart of everything we do. This new building will provide the facilities we need to deliver that care in a modern environment designed to meet the challenges of primary care in the 21st century.”
Community 1st Oldham director, Neil Charlesworth, said: “We are delighted to be part of the team who have made the plans for a new health and wellbeing centre in Royton a reality. Working with construction partner Mansell, we have delivered the new building on time and on budget for the local community.”
This is the fifth LIFT development to be delivered by Community 1st Oldham, with another one already under construction. Community 1st Oldham is working with NHS Oldham and Oldham Council to increase the coverage of a modern asset base across the borough to accommodate changing needs and improve facilities for the people of Oldham.
The building is fitted with an innovative Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generating system, which uses a waste product bio-fuel with low carbon emissions and results in approximately 90% carbon reduction for the building.
Other sustainability features incorporated into the building include: rainwater harvesting; low energy lighting; passive ventilation and the use of sustainable materials and finishes wherever possible.
Local people have been involved in the development of the new centre from the very beginning. Art and design students from The Oldham College produced colourful designs to brighten up the site hoardings; children from a school near to the centre were involved in a poster competition aimed at highlighting the dangers of playing on a building site and people were involved in the designs of a new public space outside the centre. Work will begin on the public open space outside the health centre in the next few weeks.