STATE-OF-THE-ART facilities at Delph Surgery have been officially unveiled to the public ready for use.
Doctors, staff and residents gathered at the new-build centre on Gartside Street to see Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams declare the facilities open.
The branch surgery boasts four large consultation rooms, a specimen room, meeting rooms, a plant room and more, as well as eco-friendly solar panels on the roof.
Dr Ian Milnes said he is delighted with the new facilities, which will enhance the services already on offer at Saddleworth Medical Practice in Uppermill.
“We have significantly upgraded our facilities and those will be available to everyone who needs them, not just residents in Delph,” he said.
“We have very lucky to get all this brand new and are very pleased with Admiral Construction, who have finished everything to a really high standard.”
New staff and a GP have been recruited and will be joined by doctors from the Uppermill surgery on a rotating schedule.
Dr Milnes added: “We are slowly building up to capacity and making the most of the new facilities but it will take time to get everything fully in place.”
Debbie Abrahams MP said: ““It is an absolute privilege to see this facility now open.
“I was involved in making sure some of the BT lines needed were put into place so it could open last November and now to see the final result is a delight.”
Royce Franklin, chairman of the Saddleworth Patients Participation Group, thanked the large team involved as well as residents for their patience during the build.
Saddleworth Carers, who look after people with memory problems, set up a stall to share information about their sessions at the Sacred Heart in Uppermill.
And pupils from Saddleworth School were on hand to talk about their contribution to the health and wellbeing newsletter, including a survival guide for teenagers.
Improvements are also in the pipeline for the Uppermill surgery as funding has been secured from NHS England.
Tracy Jenkinson, practice manager, confirmed: “We will be improving the interior, mainly the reception area and toilet facilities, hopefully before Christmas.”
The team has also been expanded to include community matron Sarah Hince and clinical pharmacist Ian Coleman.
Patients will be able to see Mr Coleman for help with minor ailments like skin complaints, coughs and colds, rather than waiting to see a doctor.
To contact the Delph Surgery, please ring 01457 874968 or for the Uppermill Surgery please ring 01457 872228.
For more information about Saddleworth Carers, call Eamon O’Daly on 01457 810614.