New Werneth Primary Care Centre to Open in Winter

The new Werneth Primary Care Centre will open its doors this winter, providing services to around 20,000 patients.

The four-storey centre is on Featherstall Road South, next to the A62 junction.

Floor three will house GP practices from the Werneth area. Floor two will house community services: district nurses, children with complex care needs services (which will move from the Woodfield Centre) podiatry and a leg ulcer clinic.

Floors one and four will be for admin and staff facilities. There will also be a Lloyds pharmacy on the same site.

Patients will be kept informed as to when the different services will move into the building.

To build the £11m health centre has taken 300 tonnes of steel and there is 1,497m³ of concrete.

The building area is two thirds of the size of an international football pitch and the construction of the building when it is finished will have taken an estimated 60,000 hours.
Shauna Dixon is chief executive of NHS Oldham. She said: “This is the final new health development which NHS Oldham will lead. Over the last six years we have delivered major improvements to primary care facilities as part of the LIFT development programme with our private and public sector partners.

“We are sure that the centre and our work refurbishing, renewing and building health centres, GP practices and community settings will set the GPs of Oldham in good stead for the challenges ahead. It will offer opportunities to patients in Werneth, who experience some of the poorest health in the borough, to access a wide range of health services in much improved facilities. Through this investment we believe we are helping to leave a lasting legacy to improve health.”

Community 1st Oldham is the local company that has led this development and all other health developments on behalf of NHS Oldham. Community 1st will continue to work in Oldham on various projects including the new Fitton Hill Neighbourhood Centre which is currently being built.

Neil Charlesworth, general manager of Community 1st Oldham, said: “We are so proud of what our partnership with NHS Oldham has achieved over the last few years and the impact it has made to transform so many local communities across Oldham. The new primary care centre is a fantastic facility for the GPs, local health teams and communities in Werneth and we look forward to the centre opening.”

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