Carers Strategy Launched at Prestwich Hospital

The role of local carers, and the support they require, has prompted the launch of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation’s Trust’s first carers’ strategy at it’s headquarters at Prestwich Hospital.

The Strategy sets out how the Trust is working with partners in health, social care and the voluntary sector to support the thousands of Greater Manchester carers who look after people with mental health problems.

The Strategy recognises and values the important work of family and friends, young and old, caring for people who need help due to a mental illness, addiction or dementia. It sets out how the Trust will involve and support carers across Bolton, Salford, Trafford, Prestwich, Manchester, and Cumbria as well as how they will work with local organisations to make life better for carers.

According to the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, out of 280,000 carers that are known in Greater Manchester, 70,000 (nearly a quarter) spend 50 hours per week as carers, higher than the national average. 24,800 (c.9%) are young carers aged under 25 which is 2% more than the average in England. Similarly, more than 100,000 (c.38%, 107,391) are aged between 25 and 49, 4% more than the national average. This directly impacts on the health and wellbeing and employment prospects of carers.

It is estimated that a 5% reduction in the number of carers would result in an additional 17m hours of care being required to be commissioned across Greater Manchester per year.

The strategy aims to ensure that: ‘Carers are identified and supported; are involved and well informed; are engaged and communicated effectively with; and have their own needs met to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle outside of their caring responsibility.

A separate priority in the strategy is around young carers to recognise the high proportion of young people carrying out a caring role and ensure that GMMH staff are confident in involving, signposting and supporting them in the work they do.

If you are a carer and would like to be involved in how the strategy is implemented you can contact the Trust’s Carer Lead on 0161 357 1246 or email

Copies of the Strategy will be distributed to local carer groups, and are available at GMMH’s central NHS buildings as well as on their website:

Boy charged following Prestwich Methodist Fire

Greater Manchester Police have announced that a 14-year-old boy from Whitefield has been charged with burglary following fire before Christmas at Prestwich Methodist Church.

Police enquiries established that the building had been broken into shortly before the blaze took hold, and a number of items were stolen from inside. The fire caused significant damage to the building, which only recently celebrated its 90th anniversary, but is now expected to require expensive repairs.

He will appear at Manchester and Salford Youth Court on January 21, 2019.

Changes to local hospitals

Councillors have been told that plans to break up our local hospital trust are expected to be published next month (February 2019).

Pennine Acute, which currently operates four hospitals, will be broken up. North Manchester General Hospital becoming part Manchester University Foundation Trust (which runs MRI and Wythenshawe hospitals). Fairfield, Oldham and Rochdale will be absorbed by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

It is expected that the spilt of the trust will be completed by March 31, 2020. There is no information if services at each hospital will change, but probably they will over time.

GMSF Housing and Green Belt Proposals

Greater Manchester’s councils this week have launched the revised set of proposals in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF).

– Space for 202,000 new houses in Greater Manchester over the next 20 years.

– 9,500 in Bury – 5,000 of which on Green Belt land.
– Greater Manchester will lose 4% of its green belt land, but in Bury the figure is 12% and in Prestwich and Whitefield about 40% lost.-
– In the Prestwich area, this is a 2,700 new houses on the eastern side of Prestwich, around Simister and Bowlee (2,000 in Bury (Prestwich), 700 in Rochdale (Middleton). Further housing and industrial development north of the M60/M62 in Whitefield/Unsworth.
– Two major green belt housing sites further north in Bury around Walshaw and Elton Reservoir.

Map below is of the ‘Northern Gateway’ site – areas in the red line are proposed to be taken out of the green belt for development. 

The summary of the proposals is here.

The full proposals is here (very large download). The pages relevant to the Prestwich development are here and here.

We are campaigning against this development. We do need more houses, but these should be built on existing brownfield sites, not destroying our countryside. Sign our petition to say Hands off our Green Belt.

More information on the public consultation and how you can have your say when we have it.

Prestwich Roadworks January 2019

A few less roadworks this month – for the full list see the GM Roadworks site here

The major roadworks in January  are:
– Hilton Lane (near Sandylands Drive) 20 January, 2 way traffic signals (T4GM)
– Middleton Road, just south of Junction 19, lane closures on 25 January 2019 (T4GM)
– North and south of Junction 17 (A56) lane closures 14-16 January 2019 (BT)
– Cadent works on Bury Old Road continue until March 2019
– Rainsough Brow – carriageway incursions to 21 January (Electricity NW)

Not in Prestwich, but the roadworks on the A56 in Salford at the big junction near Northumberland Street continue until February 2019.

Share your experiences in GP Patient Survey

Patients from Bury will be invited to share their experiences of GP services in a national survey being sent out in January.

A random sample of patients from each GP practice in England will have the opportunity to share their views and experiences in the national confidential GP Patient Survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England.

The survey covers all aspect of patient experience including amongst other things, making appointments, the quality of care received from GPs and practice nurses, satisfaction with opening hours and out of hours NHS services.

The survey is an opportunity for patients to have their say about how well they feel their practice is doing at providing services to its patients. The findings provide important insight into patients’ experiences and helps practices to understand where they can improve. The information is also important to organisations that make decisions about local health services; and for patients, the findings can help them make choices about which services they use.

Dr. Jeff Schryer, Chair of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP said: “It’s really encouraging that the majority of people are generally positive about their GP care. The GP Patient Survey has been designed to give patients the opportunity to feed back about their experiences and gives us valuable information about how people feel and where improvements can be made. If you receive a copy of the survey, please do complete it so that your valuable feedback can be captured and help improve services in the future.”



Reminder: Parklife Community Grants deadline 25 January 2018

A reminder that the Parklife Community Fund is now open for applications for money raised at the 2018 event.

This fund is open to community Groups in Prestwich and is a donation from ParkLife organisers. This year the fund stands at £23,500 and we are offering grants of up to £1,500 for community projects.

The fund is open to groups that operate from Prestwich and/or for the benefit of Prestwich residents. The closing date for applications forms is 12 noon on Friday 25th January 2019. Successful groups will be invited to an awards evening on February 28th 2019.

The application form is here.

Full timetable:

Closing date for applications 12 noon  25 January

Applications to ALL Prestwich Ward Councillors for consideration by no later than 1 February

Notification to successful groups by 19 or 20 February 2019

Event at Phoenix Centre 28 February 2019

Monitoring of funding and end of grants received by End August 2019

Government’s Waste Strategy Doesn’t Go Far Enough

This week the Government published a consultation on Waste Strategy, which has been criticised for its lack of ambition.

The strategy aims to:
– Introduce a tax on single use plastic with less than 30% recycled content.
– Consider banning plastic packaging where there are alternatives.
– Legislate to allow government to specify a core set of materials to be collected by all local authorities and waste operators.
– Commit to a deposit return scheme for bottles and cans.
– Ensure all households get food waste collections.
– Try to build a stronger UK recycling market.

But critics are angry at the time it is taking the government to implement measures such as the deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and cans. The rollout of such a system may not happen for another five years. With the Scottish government expected to introduce its deposit system by 2020, and the packaging producers – who would pay for the system – wanting it to be UK-wide, why does our government think it would take a further three years to get in line?

Liberal Democrats say:
We desperately need to tackle the mountain of plastic waste that is devastating our oceans. Liberal Democrats have therefore long championed deposit return schemes as a proven measure across the world for reducing waste.

The UK Government’s support for this scheme is welcome, but 2025 is a long way away when solutions to the damage being inflicted on our environment are so urgent.

That is why we have set the bar with an ambition to ban all single-use plastic within three years and the introduction of a levy on all producers and retailers that produce or use single-use plastics, including for single-use cups.

Christmas Opening Times

Opening times for many public services are different over the Christmas and New Year period.

Bury Council
Over Christmas and New Year, most Council offices will be closed to the public from 5pm on Friday 21 December until Wednesday 2 January, unless stated otherwise in the information provided below.

Throughout the Christmas and New Year period you can continue to report problems and make payments online. Please be aware that we may not process reports or payments until Wednesday 2 January 2019.

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Customer Contact Team
Closed from 5pm Friday 21 December 2018.
Open 10am to 4pm Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Monday 31 December 2018 (for rubbish, recycling and environment-related enquiries only).
Open for business as usual from 8.45am on Wednesday 2 January 2019.
Contact the Customer Contact Team by phone on 0161 253 5353.

Adult Care Connect and Direct, Textile Hall
Closed from 5pm Friday 21 December 2018
Open 9am to 5pm on Thursday 27 December (telephone enquiries only)
Open 9am to 5pm on Friday 28 December (telephone enquiries only)
Open for business as usual from 10am on Wednesday 2 January 2019
Contact Adult Care Connect and Direct by phone on 0161 253 5151.

Christmas and New Year bin collections
Bin collection dates will change over the Christmas and New Year period as follows.

Monday 24 December – will change to Monday 7 January
Tuesday 25 December – will change to Monday 24 December
Wednesday 26 December – will change to Thursday 27 December
Thursday 27 December – will change to Friday 28 December
Friday 28 December – will change to Saturday 29 December
Monday 31 December – no change
Tuesday 1 January – will change to Wednesday 2 January
Wednesday 2 January – will change to Thursday 3 January
Thursday 3 January – will change to Friday 4 January
Friday 4 January – will change to Saturday 5 January
Collections return to normal from Monday 7 January 2019.

Advice from the Council:
Leave your bins out by 7am on your collection day as collection times can vary.
Leave your bins out with the handles facing the road.
Make sure your waste fits inside your bins with the lids fully closed. We will not take extra bags of waste.
Only recycle the items that we ask you to in the right bin.
Park your vehicles where they will not obstruct our collection vehicles.
Return your bins back to your property as soon as possible after we have emptied them.
Report a missed collection by 1pm the next working day.

Bury Leisure Sports Centres
Christmas and New Year sports centre opening times

The Register Office
Monday 24 December (closed)
Tuesday 25 December (closed)
Wednesday 26 December (closed)
Thursday 27 December (9am to 4.30pm)
Friday 28 December (9am to 4.30pm)
Monday 31 December (9am to 4.30pm)
Tuesday 1 January (closed)
Wednesday 2 January (9am to 4.30pm)
Thursday 3 January (9am to 4.30pm)
Friday 4 January (9am to 4.30pm)

Please note: On Thursday 27 December, Friday 28 December and Monday 31 December the Register Office can only be accessed by the Manchester Road entrance.

Council housing repairs
Outside normal hours and at weekends phone calls are taken by the Emergency Callout Team. The phone number is the same, but when you call, you will be given information about how to contact the team. The operator will ask you some questions about your repair to determine whether your repair request is an emergency.

Phone Freephone 0808 144 5368 if you are calling from a landline or 0161 686 8368 if you are phoning from a mobile – calls charged at your normal call rate.  For more information about council housing repairs go to Six Town Housing website.

What to do in an emergency
If you have a council-related emergency during the Christmas and New Year period when our offices are closed you should phone our Emergency Services on 0161 253 6606.

Information and advice about emergencies including flooding.

NHS Bury
Patients are being urged to get organised and pick up prescription medicines before the Christmas holidays start and to book appointments on days within the holidays when the surgeries are open as usual.

GP services will only be limited on Bank Holidays. On all other regular working days surgeries are open from 8am to 6.30pm as normal. Certain pharmacies are open every day during the festive season including Pimhole Pharmacy on Rochdale Road which is open 11am to 8pm on Christmas Day.

The GP extended working hours service allows for additional GP appointments to be made on weekends, into the evenings until 8pm and even on bank holidays (excluding Christmas Day). Patients are advised of the appointments by their own surgery, the appointments will be at one of our three hub practices across the borough, and may not be with your usual doctor.

December 24th, 27th, 28th and 31st are normal working days so surgeries will be open as normal from 8am until 6.30pm.

Many pharmacies in Bury are open as normal over the festive holidays. Pharmacists offer expert health advice and can recommend over-the-counter medicines to provide relief from the most common illnesses and winter ailments such as colds and headaches, or an upset stomach. Patients are advised to telephone their usual pharmacy before travelling, as opening hours may vary during the holiday period.

Where to go for the right medical care
NHS website ( for advice on less urgent health needs.
111 for clinical advice, assessment and for direction to the most appropriate services for treatment if you need medical help fast but it is not an emergency. People living in Bury can access urgent medical advice online at: This service provides health advice and signposting to urgent care services online, as a convenient digital alternative to using the NHS 111 telephone helpline. After asking you to enter your postcode and symptoms, it will give you tailored advice on how to manage them, and/or generate a call back from a healthcare professional, if required.
Pharmacists for those generally feeling unwell or have a winter ailment. For further information on opening times please see the information here.