A GP practice in Heywood has become one of the first in the country to pledge to provide care for the homeless.

The Hopwood Medical Centre on Walton Street has agreed to become Homeless-Friendly, which means that all patients receive quality treatment regardless of whether or not they have a permanent address.

It comes after rough sleepers in some parts of the country reported they were being refused medical attention because they couldn’t prove residency.

Launched last year by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and created by national health campaigner Dr Zahid Chauhan, the programme encourages surgeries to treat those sleeping on the streets with compassion and also help them access housing, training and addiction services.

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This medical centre has become one of the first in the UK to commit to treating homeless patients

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