New hub opened by MP following the closure of Failsworth Group Practice

Date published: 15 June 2022

Ashton and Failsworth MP Angela Rayner has officially opened a new medical hub on the site of the closed Failsworth Group Practice.

The Practice closed in January following a damning report which outlined major issues in the care of patients and the management of the surgery.

Inspectors’ findings were so bleak it was put into special measures and local councillors were left ‘shocked’ at the report.

Following the closure, the 12,000 patients were transferred temporarily to neighbouring Quayside Medical Practice in order to ensure a continuation of care.

Now, most of the patients have been officially transferred to Quayside Medical Practice, and the surgery has been extended to include a new hub which provides additional services.

Angela Rayner MP was joined by staff from Quayside at the weekend to cut the ribbon to officially launch the new facilities.

Mark Wilshere, GP Partner says it was a “huge undertaking and challenge” to integrate the additional patients

“Quayside is working hard to catch up on work left undone by the previous surgery and have been working around the clock to improve access to services. 

“Our vision is to continue to offer an excellent service to the local population whilst remaining innovative in how we provide care and services.

“It was lovely to have Angela Rayner officially open our new Quayside 'Hub' where the previous practice once was.  Angela has been very supportive from the beginning of the process, and her kind words of encouragement and feedback have been welcomed.

“We also want to thank you patients old and new for their support and understanding of all the changes happening. We have had some amazing NHS reviews, letters and cards and this has been a morale boost for our staff who have been working so hard.”

The new practice has implemented a number of improvements, including the upgrade of an online booking system allowing patients to book a routine and same-day appointment online.

A new website has also been launched at

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