Service Changes and Developments

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Current Service Changes

In order to maintain services in line with current clinical practice and to respond to the changing requirements of our local population, the Trust regularly reviews the way services are provided.

Rochdale Integrated Elective Care Pathways (IECP)

This service went live on 1 April 2017 and provides end-to-end investigation or treatment for patients referred by their GP. The Trust works with BMI Highfield Hospital, GP Care Services Ltd and InHealth to provide a single point of access for the following specialties:

  • Ear Nose and Throat (paediatric and adults), including Enhanced Audiology (adults)
  • Gynaecology
  • Urology
  • Limited upper and lower gastro-intestinal problems.

The service was commissioned by HMR CCG to give improved patient experience, integration between providers, reduce the length of treatment pathways and deliver improved outcomes to patients.

Read the service description in our A to Z of Services.

Read more about the IECP in this leaflet.

Pain Service at Rochdale is changing

The current pain management service provided by Pennine Acute from Rochdale Infirmary is changing. The service will continue to see existing patients until April 2017, at which point all existing patients will be gradually transitioned into a new service at a community venue provided by Pain Management Solutions (PMS). The plan for the new service was drawn up by Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG. Access to the new service will be from community locations across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale borough. Initially these will include Nye Bevan House and Croft Shifa Health Centre in Rochdale and the Phoenix Centre in Heywood. Once the service is established PMS will be looking to expand the service to other locations including Littleborough and Middleton. The service will be led by consultants in pain medicine and delivered by a multi-disciplinary group of healthcare professionals.

Wolstenholme Intermediate Care Unit

We have produced a new video all about Rochdale’s Wolstenholme Intermediate Care Unit which is available to view for staff, patients and the public on the Trust YouTube channel www.pat.nhs.uk/our-services/wolstenholme-unit.htm. The unit provides 24 community beds and can be accessed by any adult aged 18 years and over who resides or is registered with a GP in the Heywood , Middleton andRochdale area. The service is part of a wider intermediate care andreablement service, providing intermediate care, which is enhanced by nursing and therapy provision and which supports people who are medically stable to return to their homes.

New Maggies Oldham Cancer Centre (The Royal Oldham Hospital)

Building work for the new Maggies Centre in the grounds of The Royal Oldham Hospital is underway; it will be named ‘Maggie’s Oldham, The Sir Norman Stoller Centre.’ To mark the occasion, Maggie’s Chief Executive, Prof Matt Makin, trust Executive Medical Director, the Leader and Chief Executive of Oldham Council, Oldham's Mayor and Mayoress, and Norman Stoller, with fellow Trustees, were on site in July 2016 for a formal breaking turf event to celebrate this milestone. Maggie’s Oldham has been designed by acclaimed architects and has been developed by Maggie’s working in partnership with the Trust to enhance the cancer care and support already on offer. Once open, Maggie’s Oldham will give our patients and visitors access to Maggie’s programme of support, including psychological support, benefits advice, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, art therapy, tai chi and yoga. The centre is due to open in summer 2017. 

For up-to-date information about the care provided by individual departments, please see the A-Z of services.

You can also keep up-to-date by visiting our Press Releases section.