People in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale are being urged to stay well this winter as part of the national NHS campaign to keep people healthy, at home, and out of hospital.

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting the stay well messages in our national newspapers and on our tv screens in a bid to keep local people healthy, and to alert them to new extended hours hubs that offer GP and nurse appointments in the evening, at weekends and on bank holidays.

Four ‘hubs’ – two in Rochdale and one each in Middleton and Heywood will be staffed by local GPs and nurses to offer patients the convenience of an appointment out of usual surgery hours. There will also be a number of ‘on the day’ slots at the hubs to allow for more urgent access to an NHS clinician.

The campaign messages feature in the CCG’s public newsletter Livin It, on posters and screens in GP surgeries, on its’ website, local newspapers and also outdoor advertising sites - on billboards, bus shelters and phone boxes across the borough.

NHS HMR CCG Chair and local GP Dr Chris Duffy said;

“We hope that our local campaign will strengthen the national messages which in short are have your flu jab, stay warm, check on elderly friends and neighbours and stock up on your prescriptions and over the counter remedies in time for the holidays. We also want to tell local people that their options to stay well are enhanced by the launch of our extended hours hubs which can offer appointments in the evening , at weekends and on bank holidays, as well as some on the day slots. Access the hubs by ringing 0161 763 8292 or your own GP surgery.”

The national campaign, Stay Well This Winter, was launched by NHS England and Public Health England as a result of experts concluding that winter can have a serious impact on health, particularly for the elderly and those with long-term health conditions, and thousands die unnecessarily.

The opening times for pharmacies in the Rochdale borough throughout the winterperiod are detailed below.

Pharmacies that will be open on Christmas Day, Monday 28th December 2015 and New Year’s Day.

  Phone Number  Christmas Day (Friday December 25)  Monday December 28  Closed at lunch?  New Years Day (Friday 1 January)  Closed at lunch?
MedicX Pharmacy, Wellfield Health Centre, Oldham Rd, Rochdale OL11 1AD  01706 508121  Noon – 18.00  Noon - 22.00    Noon - 22.00  
Boots, Middleton Shopping Centre, Middleton, Manchester, M24 4EL  0161 6432101  Closed  Closed    10.00 - 18.00  
Asda, Dane St, Rochdale, OL12 6XT
 01706 652010  Closed  11.00 - 16.00  13.00 - 14.00  11.00 - 16.00  13.00 - 14.00
Pearl Pharmacy, 41 Tweedale Street, Rochdale OL11 1HH  01706 646840  Closed  10.00 - 14.00    Closed  
Boots, 50 Market Way, Rochdale, OL16 1EA  01706 653225  Closed  9.00 - 17.30    Closed  
Tesco, Barton Rd, Middleton, M24 1HB 0161 9562847  Closed  9.00 - 18.00    Closed  
Morrisons Pharmacy, Rochdale, OL16 4AG  01706 525283  Closed  9.00 - 18.00    Closed

Online support is available via the NHS Choices website  Additionally, there are other ways to seek healthcare help and advice:

  • Telephone support is available by calling NHS 111 (dial 111)
  • Walk-in services are available at:
    • Middleton Health Centre, Middleton Shopping Centre (8am-8pm)
    • Rochdale Urgent Care Centre, Rochdale Infirmary (24 hours a day) 


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