We have more details on the healthcare services that would be offered at the Altrincham Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Last week we revealed how the new health hub would be forming part of the Altrincham General Hospital redevelopment.
Commissioned by Central Manchester Foundation Trust, the new centre would serve four local areas: Altrincham, Hale, Timperley, and Bowdon.
It is planning to offer healthcare services including smoking cessation therapy, podiatry, district nursing, specialist weight management, sexual health services and a counselling suite.
Below: A visual showing the planned Altrincham Health and Wellbeing Centre
Joanna Hartley, from Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), confirmed that the intention is for three GP practices to relocate to the premises and that it would look to offer seven-day GP access.
That would fall in line with recently-announced NHS devolution plans to radically shake-up GP provision in Greater Manchester, opening doctors’ surgeries at weekends and in evenings in order to help cut A&E waiting times at the region’s hospitals.
Hartley said: “Our priority and strategy is to keep people well and to deliver much-needed services by reducing planned and unscheduled admissions to hospitals. It’s all about integration of health care and social care.”
Hartley added that the proposed development was “ground-breaking” and that there were also plans for additional healthcare services including minor operations, pre-op checks and post-natal checks.
Below: A view of the proposed development from Regent Road
Trafford CCG and developers Citybranch last week held a public exhibition to provide more information about the plans for the landmark building on Market Street, which closed earlier this year when services transferred to the new hospital on Railway Street.
Due to open by spring 2017, subject to planning, the scheme would also include a new public square, pharmacy, cafe and the new Altrincham Library. The library is set to be about a third of the size of the current facility on Stamford New Road.
Below: Potts Road would be pedestrianised and turned into a public square alongside the development