Latest hub brings health services together

PATIENTS in Stalybridge can now access a range of health services under one roof after a new hub was opened.

Stalybridge, Dukinfield and Mossley Primary Care Network (PCN) has established the PCN Healthcare Hub on the first floor of Stalybridge Resource Centre at 2, Waterloo Road, which is also the home of St Andrew’s House Medical Centre.

Consisting of eight fully equipped clinical rooms, offices and a large conference centre, a number of concerns can be dealt with in one place.

Patients are referred to the Hub by GPs – of which there are nine in the PCN, serving about 42,000 people – with services including musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy, adult’s mental health, children’s mental health, weight management, health and wellbeing, pharmacy and medication reviews, learning disability clinics, social prescribing, complex care and frailty and ageing well.

MP Jonathan Reynolds opens the new hub in Stalybridge

The facility, opened by MP Jonathan Reynolds, will also host cancer screening, early diagnosis and prevention, specialist care including palliative, dementia, diabetes and long-term condition management.

It boasts a chaplaincy service and a homelessness project that includes open drop-in clinics where homeless patients can use the hub as an address for post and have health checks and screenings.

The hub will also be the base for flu and Covid-19 vaccinations and for a team of paramedics who conduct home visits in the area for GP practices.

Projects are also starting from the hub around personalised care, reducing health inequalities, and veteran’s healthcare.

It is also a recognised training environment where the PCN will work with universities in Manchester to provide placements for trainee nurses, paramedics, physician associates and other healthcare professionals and with the Prince’s Trust to provide placements for volunteers and back-to-work schemes.

Further partnership work will provide collaborative working spaces for secondary care, mental health providers, the voluntary sector and community partners.

NHS Tameside & Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group co-chairmen Dr Asad Ali and Dr Ashwin Ramachandra said: “From helping diagnose cancer early so that patients have the best chance for successful treatment to mental health support to getting your flu or Covid-19 jab, the hub will be of huge benefit to residents.

“It will support the work of local GP practices and partners, help homeless patients and provide a great base for training and collaborative work.”

Tameside Council’s executive member for population health and wellbeing, Councillor Eleanor Wills, added: “The hub is a fantastic new facility that will give local patients a multitude of NHS services in one building that’s easily accessible in the heart of Stalybridge.”

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