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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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Wellbeing matters

Funded until March 2020, Wellbeing Matters is led by Salford CVS who are the support organisation for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

Wellbeing Matters includes a social prescribing approach which links statutory health and care services to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

The aim is to support people to connect to local community assets to support their wellbeing and independence, reducing the need for intervention by health and care services.

Wellbeing Matters: what is it?

Wellbeing Matters is a social prescribing approach connecting patients to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to support wellbeing.

It is a neighbourhood model, operating across Salford with a Community Connector in each of the five health and care neighbourhoods.

The Community Connector works closely with statutory health and care services to provide additional support to patients identified as requiring non-medical help with their wellbeing. Each Community Connector has an in-depth understanding and knowledge of their neighbourhood in relation to services, groups and activities that help support people to improve wellbeing. They use this knowledge and local insight to connect people to the right support, in the right place, at the right time.


How does it work?


Initially the team will take referrals from the following sources:

  • GP practice staff
  • Enhanced care team
  • Care Navigators

Referrals can be made for anybody who presents with a non-medical need, or who would benefit from a more holistic approach in terms of improving their health and wellbeing. The service is designed to complement traditional medical approaches and therapies. Examples could include the following:

  • Loneliness/social isolation
  • Bereavement
  • Mild mental health issues

This also includes people who are experiencing wider social issues, for example:

  • Poverty
  • Housing
  • Relationship issues


Upon receiving the referral the Community Connector within that neighbourhood will make contact with the person within 3 working days. Depending on the person, a face-to-face appointment will then be arranged, or a telephone conversation if this is preferred. The approach will be flexible, based on the individual. An action plan will be agreed, in terms of the individual’s health and wellbeing goals and appropriate support. Any follow up will be agreed, to again reflect the individual. Feedback will be sought from each person to review the approach and whether it met their needs. This can then be fed back to the referrer.

Referrals cannot be accepted for the following:

  • A complex, multiple unmet need that would benefit more from a case management approach
  • An unmet clinical need that must be addressed before looking at any non-clinical need.

It may also be appropriate to refer people into clinical services as required.

How does this link to existing wellbeing services?

The team will be working closely with existing providers who already deliver wellbeing services within their respective neighbourhood, working collaboratively on a local level to maximise resources and ensuring services are delivered smoothly.

In neighbourhoods where practices have an existing relationship with the Health Improvement Team, the Community Connector in that area will work with them to agree local working arrangements which will then be communicated to individual practices.

What are the benefits?

For patients:

Timely intervention; reduced handoffs; increased feeling of connectivity with their community; increased confidence; improved mental health; increased physical activity levels; healthier life choices made; reduced feelings of lonliness and isolation; improved health and wellbeing; improved levels of self-management of long-term conditions and less reliance on health and care services.

For staff and services:

Time saved during appointments; increased options for referrals; one point of contact for the voluntary community and social enterprise sector; appropriate use of GP time through more appropriate appointment usage.

Long term, moving towards greater self-care and better self-management will lead to a reduction in GP demand.

Why is this happening?

There is a need to manage demand on clinical and acute services, and to move towards less costly interventions. This means working towards people taking control of their own health and wellbeing, moving towards early help and prevention.

The voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is ideally placed to deliver. The strength of the sector lies in its holistic, asset-based, community-embedded and personalised approaches.

The diversity, flexibility and potential for innovation within the sector means it is able to meet the needs of people that statutory provision may find harder to support.

Further information about keeping healthy in Salford avaiable via the folowing link

Salford's guide to feeling great.

Here you can find links to local information, advice and support to improve your health and wellbeing


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