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March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Over 7,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year in the UK, and unfortunately 4,100 women die from the disease each year.

Recent research by Target Ovarian Cancer shows an alarmingly low awareness of the symptoms among woman over 50 – who are most at risk. Just one in five can name one of the key symptoms of ovarian cancer, bloating. A similar proportion can name a second symptom, tummy pain, and even fewer can name the final key symptoms as always feeling full (three per cent) and needing to wee more (two per cent).

Join us this March to Start Making Noise and help save lives by raising awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Earlier diagnosis is crucial – and the more women know the symptoms, the more likely they are to visit their GP sooner, increasing their chances of being diagnosed at the earliest stage.

Alison McMinn, 56, from Carrickfergus, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010. She said: “A bloated tummy was a key symptom for me, and it is what pushed me to visit my GP. I thought it might be weight gain after a holiday, but tests revealed that ovarian cancer was causing it. I’d encourage any woman who is experiencing something that is not normal for them, to go to the doctor. It might be nothing – but it’s best to get it checked out. Spreading the word this March, so that more people know the symptoms of ovarian cancer, will save lives.”

Annwen Jones, Chief Executive of Target Ovarian Cancer, said: “Everyone can do their part this Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Join us, Start Making Noise and we will reach a point where every woman is diagnosed at the earliest stage, when the disease is easier to treat and survival rates are highest.”

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Welcome to Walkden Medical Centre Online

Welcome to our practice website. We aim to provide all of our patients with a comprehensive range of healthcare services covering one-off problems to longer term illnesses.

As well as being able to see when we are open at the click of a mouse we’ve made it easier for you to do a number of things. Check out how to order a repeat prescription or cancel your appointment online.

Making an appointment You can ring us on 0161 702 5310.

To provide you with the best possible standards of care and point you in the right direction when making your appointment -we’ll ask about the reason for your consultation when you request an appointment. This will ensure you get the most appropriate treatment as well as helping to reduce waiting times. If you’d rather not say, please just let us know.

We have now added the facility for patients to book a range of appointments online and access summary medical information online from their records. Patients have been able to order their repeat prescriptions online since 2007 and this is a real time-saving, safe and responsive service, all-round. To sign up for any or all of the online services, patients must produce evidence of their identity and current address, in person, at reception. We will make alternative arrangements for access, for patients who are housebound.

Not all problems need our help initially, so we encourage everyone with minor illness or skin conditions to consult their pharmacist first. They will refer you on to our nurse practitioner or GP if it’s a problem they cannot help with.


You can find details here. You can talk to your pharmacists in confidence - even about the most personal symptoms. Most pharmacies now have a quiet area away from other customers where you can speak to the pharmacist more privately.

Access medication from your pharmacy under a new minor ailment scheme

For first line help and advice with self-limiting illness, eg coughs, colds, sore throats, fever, sickness, diarrhoea, etc

Especially useful for advice about choosing suitable cough & cold remedies when already taking prescribed medication (as they can advise about the most suitable choice)

Help with medication queries

Head lice treatments

“Morning after” contraception (from selected pharmacies)

Some preventive malaria treatments

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