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All the Latest Patient News & Information

The information provided below is for all our patients

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Your GP Practice information can be found here...
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Alkrington Health Centre

Hardfield Road, Middleton, Manchester M24 1PQ, UK

0161 271 3030

Castleton Health Centre

Elizabeth Street, Rochdale OL11 3HY, UK

01706 658905

Dr Hamid's Practice

Maclure Road, Rochdale OL11 1DN, UK

01706 396210

Ashworth Street Surgery

Spotland Road, Rochdale OL12 6RT, UK

01706 346767

Dr Bhima’s Surgery

Maclure Road, Rochdale OL11 1DN, UK

01706 664150

Dr IK Babar

Rochdale OL16 2UP, UK

01706 671560

Birtle View Medical Practice

George Street, Heywood OL10 4PW, UK

01706 664140

Dr Ghafoor & Abbasi

Maclure Road, Rochdale OL11 1DN, UK

01706 397666

Durnford Medical Centre

Long Street, Middleton, Manchester M24 6DL, UK

0161 643 2011

Doctor and Patient
Meet the NHS's healthcare team working with your GP so your needs are met in the best possible way.

The NHS has introduced a range of healthcare professionals to provide specialist care and advice alongside your local GP. This new general practice team includes clinical pharmacists, social prescribers and general practice nurses. Coordination of care means you will be seen quicker, by the right person, to meet your needs in the best way.

All our services explained

A lot of patients really dont know what services are available and what's on offer - Let us help!

Access Service

Would you like an appointment with a GP, Nurse, or Health Care Practitioner in the evenings or at the weekends when your surgery is closed?

If so, you can book your appointment now with your GP.

Access Services are an extension of your usual GP practice, it is not a walk-in service, and you will need to make an appointment through your usual GP practice reception.


Appointments are available:

Monday to Friday - Daytime & Evenings

Saturday and Sunday  - Daytime

Bank Holidays - Daytime

Appointment types:

Face to Face – You will see a clinician in person and be required to go to our service location.
Telephone Consultation – You will be called by one of our clinicians during your appointment time. This will be from a withheld number and you will not be required to go to the service location unless offered at the time.

If you have used our service and would like to leave some feedback, please take the time to fill in the following form to help us improve the service..

Other Services

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Access Service
Borough Wide Services - Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive Service (LARC) and Ring Pessary
Core Plus Services
HART (Homeless Alliance Response Team)
Minor Surgery Service
Primary Care Academy
Primary Care Network Support
Primary Care Nurse

Patients Self Referral Information

The self-referral information provided below is to aid and assist all our patients.


For most specialist services the doctor or nurse will have to refer you. However, there are some instances where you can refer yourself

These are listed below. (All links are correct at the time of posting)

Holding Hands

We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. Find more about Mind, our work and the impact we have below.

When you're living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information is vital. 

0300 123 3393

Turning Point
Turning Point

Every 30 minutes someone leaves Turning Point's services drink or drugs free. Turning Point offer you or a loved one a range of services depending on what you need, from detox and residential rehab to supported living and aftercare support.

Click here for further information.

Psychological Therapies Service
Psychological Therapies Service

You can refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service (IAPT) without seeing your GP. These services offer therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), for common problems including: stress, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and phobias.

Click here for further information.

District Nurses
District Nurses

The district nurses provide a wide range of support and services to patients, mainly in their home environment. This may range from visiting patients following discharge from hospital to long-term care for various nursing needs.

The district nurses can only be contacted directly on 0161 763 8525

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0161 763 8525

National Diabetes Prevention Programme
National Diabetes Prevention Programme

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) identifies those at diabetes high risk and refers them onto a behaviour change programme.

Click here for further information.

Marie Stopes UK
Marie Stopes UK

You don’t need a GP referral to access NHS funded abortion care. Marie Stopes has been helping people with their reproductive health options for over 40 years. They provide NHS-funded and self-funded abortion and vasectomy care through a network of local clinics all over England. You can give them a call whenever you need them. The advice line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Click here for further information or call 0345 300 8090.

0345 300 8090

New Roles

Expanding our workforce

The needs of our communities, in particular in areas where there are health inequalities, are greater than ever before. Our population is being impacted more and more by complex, long-term conditions. There is a growing concern about areas of longstanding unmet health needs and the social determinants of health are playing a bigger role than ever before. These new challenges are increasing the pressure on the system to deliver for those in our communities and there is more that we can do to shift our focus from treating those who are unwell to preventing ill health and tackling health inequalities.

Meet our Roles

We are supporting the Primary Care Networks (PCN) to understand how these roles will be embedded across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale ICS (Integrated Care System) and we now include Bury.

As the local Training Hub, our Primary Care Academy will support future workforce planning as one of its core functions.
There are multiple roles and information about them is developing all the time. 

ARRS roles

To support Primary care networks (PCNs), the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) provides funding for 26,000 additional roles to create bespoke multi-disciplinary teams. Primary care networks assess the needs of their local population and, working with local community services, make support available to people where it is most needed.

Find out more about each of the roles below.

Advanced Practitioner
Clinical Pharmacist
First Contact Practitioner
Health and Wellbeing Coach
Nursing Associate
Physician Associate
Social Prescriber
Care Coordinator
GP Assistant
Mental Health Practitioner
Occupational Therapist
Pharmacy Technician
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