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Walkden Medical Centre News

Feb 2020

February is LGBT History Month which aims to promote tolerance and raise awareness of the prejudices faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The LGBT History Month website has lots of useful background information and resources for schools, including toolkits and suggested lessons, and details of the theme for each year.

NHS 111


We ask you to call 111 when the practice is closed if non-urgent medical advice is required.


Available 24 hours, call for any health concerns.

Opening Hours

Reception hours are 08:00 - 18:30 Monday to Friday.

On the day appointments can be booked at reception, either in person or by telephone, from 08:00 onwards.



Free Lung MOT

Thousands of people in Salford will be offered a free lung MOT to improve early detection rates of lung disease. Patients aged 55 to 74 who smoke or who have smoked in the past will be sent a letter from their GP inviting them to book a check which includes spirometry (breathing checks). The first round of the lung health check pilot will be carried out at Walkden Gateway before being available in other parts of the city later in the year.

See website for further details



Physiotherapy self-referrals

You can access NHS physiotherapy without seeing your GP first. It can be accessed via the link below or our practice website.


Free adult learning now available

Corinth Training C.I.C. are offering free local adult education. See website for further details

Or contact Paul for further information on 07482 606808 or email


Being You Centre at St Anne’s Hospice

This drop in service is available to those living with a life-limiting illness, who may be experiencing physical, psychological, emotional or social issues. They will take the time to listen to you and your concerns, and work with you to help you overcome them. Everyone’s needs are different, and we’ll tailor your care to your own individual needs. Following an assessment, you may be referred to some of our specialist services, depending on your needs, wishes and goals. Telephone: 0161 702 8181 Email:

See website for further details


Dry January

Alcohol Concern launches its Dry January campaign this year hoping even more people can experience the benefits of giving alcohol for a month which include saving money, better sleep and mental health.

See website for further details


Opiates In General Practice

According to new figures published this week by Public Health England, one in eight adults in the UK is currently on one of these drugs, which include co-codamol, tramadol and morphine. There were 141 million prescriptions issued for them last year, up from 89 million in 2008.

If you are one of these people please be aware these medications are highly addictive.

Please speak to your doctor if you would like help cutting down and stopping.

Please see these links for further information. One is a link to a BBC show called Horizon which recently featured local GPs discussing the problem.

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Community Resources

Directory Jan 2020

Please refer to the above directory for information of  all local groups available.

Local Groups

Heart Care  Fortnightly  Wednesday 9-30-12  St Paul's Peel Community Hall  Manchester Rd Little Hulton  0161 707 7402

Big Dance group   Mondays 10-12 St Pauls Church Hall 

Knitting group  Tuesdays 9-30 til11-30 St Pauls 

Call in community Cafe  Thursday 11-30 til 1-30 St Pauls

Community Cafe  Tuesdays Cleggs lane church 

Luncheon Club Thursday from 12pm Bethany Church 

Curling Club Thursday from 12pm Bethany Church 

Luncheon club  Tuesday 12 till 2 Walkden Methodist Church Manchester rd east Littlehulton Salford M38 9AN 0161 660-0919

Health and Wellbeing Hub 

The Health and Wellbeing Hub is a drop in service, anybody is welcome – patients, carers and healthcare professionals – to get information and advice and to see what we can offer.

The Health and Wellbeing Hub will run every Wednesday between 1pm and 7pm

A registered nurse will be available throughout the session.  There will be guided sessions to provide information about topics such as fatigue, breathlessness, advice about exercise, help to complete forms, and guided relaxation.  A volunteer will also be available to help people access on-line information and creative therapy materials will be available.

Being there

Support for those with life limiting illness.

Call us Monday to Friday: 9am - 4pm    0161 212 4473

A local charity providing emotional support and home-based practical help to people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, along with those closest to them, such as family, friends and carers.

We can offer someone to talk to confidentially about cancer, along with home visits, social events and practical assistance, for example help with shopping, as well as support at hospital appointments.

We works in the Greater Manchester area. Our services are delivered by specially trained volunteers who are managed by a team of professional staff.

What does being there do?

It has a network of trained volunteers who give home-based emotional support and practical help. Services are tailored to each individual or family, but they can include:

  • Listening and befriending: talking through difficulties and concerns
  • Respite sitting, allowing carers time to themselves
  • Practical help such as shopping
  • Driving and support for a hospital appointment or treatment
  • Social activities, days out, coffee mornings, relaxation sessions
  • Group support
  • Information about local services and support networks

All support services are currently provided free of charge.

University of the Third Age - what is this?

It is a unique and exciting organisation which provides life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!

What does Salford U3A offer?

Currently we have more than 24 activity groups, with over 300 members. You are sure to find a group which you are interested in attending, where you can discuss, learn and socialise with a really friendly and welcoming group of people. We share our skills and life experiences. Please see the Groups page for a full list of activities.

As well as the numerous groups to attend, the Salford U3A arranges various events throughout the year which include day trips out, annual lunches, Christmas celebrations, as well as monthly social meetings which include speakers.

Come and join us!

Ring Marlene Evans for more info 0161 790 9380 and see this link.

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