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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

April is a fantastic annual opportunity to raise awareness of bowel cancer and funds to support our work.

Raise awareness

This year we are focusing on bowel cancer screening

Screening can save lives but at the moment in some areas of the UK only a third of those who receive a test complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the chance to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat.
Screening will help stop people dying from bowel cancer. We can all raise awareness of bowel cancer screening this Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
  • If you are over 60 (or over 50 in Scotland), take the test when you receive it in the post.
  • If you are younger, tell the people over 60 (or over 50 in Scotland) in your life, to take the test.

Screening can detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms, when it is easier to treat. Sometimes it can prevent bowel cancer from developing in the first place by picking up non-cancerous growths (polyps) which could become cancerous in the future.

Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer. However, this drops significantly as the disease develops. Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early.

“I consider myself very lucky. Completing the screening test was the best decision I have ever made. There is no doubt in my mind that if I hadn’t, I would not be alive today. Anyone reading this, who is eligible to participate in the screening programme, should not think twice about it. Just do it.” Joy from Oxfordshire

Find out more about screening

Book a talk at your workplace or community group

We have a team of volunteers across the UK who deliver clear, comprehensive, evidence-based talks on symptoms, risk factors and screening. If a volunteer is not available in your area, we can provide a film for you to show. Book a talk

Order an information pack

We can provide you with a free information pack to hold a display during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. The pack contains a selection of booklets, posters and leaflets which you can use to raise awareness of bowel cancer. The materials can also be downloaded here. Order an information pack

Raise money

The Star of Hope - the international symbol for bowel cancer - is the central theme for our fundraising activity during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. All money raised will support vital research and lifesaving work to stop bowel cancer. Join us and be a star this April.

Be a Star, Bake a Cake

This April be a star and hold a cake stall, coffee morning, afternoon tea or a bake sale and raise funds for us. It's easy and everyone can get involved whether you love to bake and get creative in the kitchen or would prefer to buy something delicious from your local supermarket!
Hold your bake sale at home, work or in the community and invite your friends, family and colleagues to sample the delicious treats and make a donation. All money raised will support vital research and lifesaving work to stop bowel cancer. Find out more about Be a Star, Bake a Cake

Other things you can do

For more information about Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, email

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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.

  • 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

(Site updated 18/04/2016)
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