THE NEWLY-BUILT Delph Surgery will be officially opened by MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth Debbie Abrahams on Friday, September 18 at 11am.
The building will be open between 10am to 2pm when details of its planned future usage will be given together with recent developments in the Health Service.
All residents of the area and patients of Saddleworth Medical Practice are welcome to come along at any time throughout the opening period.
The multi-million pound surgery supports 5,000 patients in Delph and surrounding villages and opened last year after BT installed a communications link after delays.
Debbie Abrahams MP said: “I’m so pleased to have been asked to officially open the new surgery, especially after having helped them through the delays they endured.
“I’m sure locals will be delighted too now they’re getting an excellent surgery in a purpose built building. Well done to everyone involved.”
Royce Franklin, Chair of the Patient Participation Group, said: “It is hoped as many patients as possible will come to see the new premises.
“On the opening day, there will be information about the future use of the facilities and visitors will hear about the work of the Clinical Commissioning Group for Oldham, one of the best nationally.
“It is increasingly important Practices in the Health Service are aware of what patients are saying,” he added. “The patients’ group is one option of doing just that.”
More members are needed for the Patient Participation Group and the open day will present an opportunity join and learn about the work fulfilled over the last nine years.
Some local councillors have raised concerns over how the brand new doctors surgery was being utilised, and have written to Saddleworth Medical Practice and the NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning group.
Cllr Garth Harkness said: “We are receiving complaints the surgery is still not fully operational some nine months later and we feel this needs addressing urgently.”
Cllr Heffernan, the borough mayor-elect, who is also on the Health and Wellbeing Board, added: “The additional services promised have not materialised and clinics are being cancelled without notice to cover in Uppermill.”
Find out more about Saddleworth Medical Practice on their website or call 01457 872228.