Rochdale Infirmary hosts special event for homeless community

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Rochdale Infirmary hosts special event for homeless community
18 December 2018

OVER 40 homeless people from the Rochdale area attended a special evening at Rochdale Infirmary set up to check out their health, provide them with some new clothes, and lay on some light entertainment for them in the run up to Christmas.

The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Mohammed Zaman, also attended, showing his support and speaking with attendees, staff and volunteers.

Rochdale Infirmary is part of the Bury & Rochdale Care Organisation, which is part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group.

The event took place on Thursday 6 December from 4pm until 6.30pm. The homeless people in attendance were provided with free podiatry, advice from Rochdale Council’s drugs and alcohol team Petrus, flu vaccinations and information about housing.

There were also free haircuts, Christmas boxes and presents, as well as free essentials such as toiletries, sleeping bags, outdoor clothes and winter woollies. Three school choirs also sang songs and there was hot food and drink available for people to sample.

Jackie Heatley, Assistant Director of Nursing at Rochdale Infirmary said:

“It was a fantastic event for a very worthwhile cause and I was touched to see so many people come together to help Rochdale’s homeless. It was great to see the homeless enjoying the carol service and tucking into the free food and hot drinks. There were free haircuts a podiatrist, nurses re-dressing wounds, flu vaccinations,  and advice about some serious issues including drug and alcohol use, TB and diabetes. Not only was it a fun event, but also very informative one for a lot of those who attended.

“I would like to thank the teams from the hospital, council and community for making this event such a success. The support and commitment from all concerned was very much appreciated and I feel proud that we were able to make a positive difference to people in need.”

It is the second year that Rochdale Infirmary has held this event, which was funded through charitable support from the hospital workforce and local community. Donations included, outdoor and winter clothes, shoes and boots, warm socks, hats, scarves and gloves, toiletries and personal items. The items that were left over after the event were all donated to homeless people and homeless charities.

Notes to Editors

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group brings together five hospitals, specialist and acute services, a range of associated community services, and over 17,000 staff across Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

As a group of hospitals and associated community services, the Alliance is one of the largest NHS Organisations in the country. With an operating budget of £1.3bn, the Alliance provides the benefits of scale but delivers this locally through multiple hospital sites and healthcare services. The Alliance oversees four Care Organisations for Salford, Oldham, Bury/Rochdale, and North Manchester which are responsible for providing hospital and community healthcare services to over 1m people across our local communities. Each Care Organisation and hospital sites has its own leadership team led by a Chief Officer and consisting of a Medical Director, Director of Nursing, and Finance Director.