Edna Robinson, Group Chairman of Trafford Housing Trust, called on Trafford Partnership to work together to improve the health of residents in Old Trafford.
Mrs. Robinson addressed the Trafford Partnership, during a tour of Limelight, Old Trafford’s unique £20m integrated health, social care and community hub.
Developed by Trafford Housing Trust and opened in December, Limelight aims to improve health and well-being of Old Trafford residents. The residents’ life expectancy is up to eight years lower than in wealthier areas of the Borough.
Mrs. Robinson said: “All of our partners have contributed to make Limelight the early success it is.
“The breadth and diversity of people who use the building is already magnificent. However, I’m laying the challenge down to the partners today that we seriously address the health inequality that our community faces.”
She added: “I want to have a special summit to make sure it goes beyond community support into community action. Old Trafford requires ongoing investment in better healthcare and improvement in the local economy, and more satisfying work opportunities.”
The health centre is the home to two GP practices, which recently transferred services from Trafford’s Brooks Bar and Ayres Road surgeries. It also features specialist health treatment rooms and services.
Healthcare provided includes maternity and post-natal support; chronic disease management; NHS health checks; a phlebotomy service; alcohol and smoking cessation. Immunisation; cytology; podiatry and family planning advice are also included. In addition, Limelight is the base for District Nurse and counselling services for North Trafford.
The community hub also has a wide range of leisure, educational and support services under one roof. They include a nursery, library, opticians, pharmacy, café and beauty salon.
Visitors from the Partnership also got to see Limelight’s Extra Care facilities which are adjacent to the main health and community hub.