Directions to The Royal Oldham Hospital

The Royal Oldham Hospital is on Rochdale Road, Oldham, OL1 2JH

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By Bus

The hospital is well served by bus with over 30 buses an hour using Rochdale Road during the day, the most frequent being the 409 between Ashton under Lyne, Oldham, Royton and Rochdale. There are also 8 other bus services to a number of locations.  The hospital is around a 5 minute bus ride from Oldham Bus Station, where further connections to services from other areas are available.

The nearest bus stops for the hospital are located on each side of Rochdale Road, outside the hospital grounds (Stops A, B, C and D).  Bus stops surrounding the hospital have information posted and are letter coded. For more detailed information on buses serving the Royal Oldham Hospital and bus stops at the site, please see the Travel Choices information in the related content section below.

By Tram

The nearest Metrolink stop is Westwood, this is approximately 1 mile and 20 minutes walk from the Royal Oldham Hospital.To view a map of the walking routes to the Royal Oldham from Westwood Metrolink stop - click here

By Car

The hospital is located just off the A671 Rochdale Road, with access to the lower part of the hospital also on Westhulme Way, off the A627 Chadderton Way. 

When You Arrive

The Main Entrance, Entrance 1 and Entrance 2 are located at the front of the hospital. Accident and Emergency (A&E) has its own entrance alongside Entrance 1. An information desk for directions and assistance is situated at the main entrance.

Patient and visitor parking areas 1,2 and 6 are located around the main entrance off Rochdale Road or via Granville Street at the front of the hospital, with patient and visitor car park 3 being located in an area just after Westhulme Way Gate entrance. Drop off/pick up areas and some further small areas of blue badge or patient and visitor parking are located near to Entrances 1, 3 and 4; and also located close to some departments within the site itself.

Please visit our car parking information page for more details of parking arrangements at our sites.

Royal Rover – travel around the hospital site

The Royal Rover is a minibus service operated by volunteers, between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday, to provide transport around the hospital site only. The bus operates as hail and ride, or you can call 07972 142 907 to book a journey.

Useful Links

For public transport information and journey planning, including walking or cycling, visit (Transport for Greater Manchester).  Alternatively, contact Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 (10p per minute from BT landlines) for public transport information across the North West.  Google maps will also allow you to plan journeys by car, public transport, walking or cycling.

By taxi

Taxis are permitted to drop off and collect patients and visitors at all hospital entrances and locations signed or marked as drop off/ pick up areas.

Travel by Local Link or Ring and Ride

A number of door to door demand responsive transport services (Local Links) also provide journeys to/from our hospital sites. For further details please visit and look in the accessible transport section or contact Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 (10p per minute from BT landlines).Also, for those less able to use conventional public transport, a door to door Ring and Ride service operates across Greater Manchester.

For more details including how to register, visit or telephone your local Ring and Ride depot.

Ambulance and special cases

In a medical emergency, where the need is critical, or life-threatening, patients or their carers should dial 999 for a paramedic-led ambulance response. NHS Choices states that ‘it will generally be obvious if the patient, or someone else, is seriously ill, or injured, and will need emergency care’. A medical professional may also call for an ambulance on your behalf where this is appropriate.For non emergencies, other use of ambulance transport is based on agreed eligibility criteria, according to the medical needs of the patient.

Help with travel costs

You may be able to claim a refund under the ‘Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme’ (HTCS) of the cost of travelling to hospital or other NHS premises for NHS-funded treatment or diagnostic test arranged by a doctor or dentist, if you are in receipt of certain allowances or benefits.

To obtain a HTCS refund you will need to complete a HC5 (T) form, available from the Cashier’s or General Office at each hospital site. More information on the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme can be found on the NHS Choices website.