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All the Latest Patient News & Information

The information provided below is for all our patients

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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.

National Unplanned Pregnancy Advisory Service
National Unplanned Pregnancy Advisory Service

This service offers free abortion treatments and free pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted infection screening and a fully comprehensive contraceptive service.

Click here for further information or call 0333 004 6666

0333 004 6666


We believe that young people are best placed to guide, support and empower their peers on issues relating to mental health and well being. is a site set up to support young people manage the changing times we are currently living in.

0151 547 7703

Rochdale Sexual Health Service
Rochdale Sexual Health Service

You can access free and confidential sexual health services in Rochdale. This includes information and advice on all types of contraception, STI testing and treatment. The service is confidential, non-judgemental and for people of all ages, genders and orientations. Everyone is welcome and you don’t need to see your GP first. You can attend one of the walk-in clinics, book an appointment online or phone the service.

Click here for further information or call 0300 303 8565

0300 303 8565

Living Well
Living Well

This service can support you with your lifestyle changes. Support is available with Smoking cessation, Exercise, Feeling better all round, Oral health.

Click here for further information or call 01706 751190

01706 751190

Physio Direct
Physio Direct

To self-refer you must be 16 years of age or over and have a musculoskeletal problem such as back pain, neck pain, a painful joint, and/or general soft tissues sprains and strains. This includes sports injuries, work related injuries and postural problems. Please note self-referral is for pain or symptoms affecting one area of your body only.

Click here for further information about this service.

Minor Eye Conditions Service
Minor Eye Conditions Service

The Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) provides assessment and treatment for people with recently occurring minor eye conditions. The service is provided by MECS accredited optometrists. It is for people of all ages registered with a GP in Heywood, Middleton or Rochdale.  Children under 16 years must be accompanied at their appointment by an adult. 

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

NHS – Quit smoking
NHS – Quit smoking

Local stop smoking services are free, friendly and can massively boost your chances of quitting for good.

Click here for further information or call 0300 123 1044

0300 123 1044

Rochdale Carers Hub
Rochdale Carers Hub

The Carers Hub exists to ensure all carers have access to information, advice and a wide range of support services. These support services are designed to help carers continue in their caring role for as long as they choose and to reduce the impact the caring role can have on their own health and wellbeing.

Click here for further information or call 0345 0138 208

0345 0138 208

Macmillan Cancer Information
Macmillan Cancer Information

This service supports patients living in Oldham, Bury, Heywood, Middleton, and Rochdale. The service aims to provide a valuable resource to the community, offering a wide range of services to support people affected by cancer.  They are based at the Royal Oldham Hospital, but also provide support at Rochdale Infirmary and Fairfield Hospital when required.

Click here for further information or call 0161 656 1026

0161 656 1026


You can get a comprehensive foot health service that includes the diagnosis, management and treatment of lower limb and foot dysfunction and their associated pathologies. Patients meeting the access criteria will be routed to the appropriate podiatry team member for assessment.

Click here for further information or call 01706 603500.

01706 603500

Thinking ahead
Thinking ahead

Thinking Ahead help everyday issues that affect your mental wellbeing and provide professional support for more common mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and depression. 

Click here for more information

01706 751180

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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