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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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Dementia Support Service Leaflet

Please open above link to see current local dementia support service available. Added Jan 2020.

Dementia is when someone has a set of symptoms that include memory loss, communication difficulties, and changes in behaviour. It is caused by many different diseases and conditions, of which Alzheimer's disease is the most common.

Getting information

The first thing you should do is visit your GP and explain your symptoms. They can run some tests and if they think you may have dementia, they will refer you to the Memory Assessment Team in Little Hulton.

The Alzheimers Society provides lots of different factsheets and booklets that cover everything about dementia, including drug treatments and how to cope with memory loss.

Support in Salford

There are lots of support groups in Salford to help if you or a family member or friend is affected by dementia.

Dancing with Dementia

This a social dance/entertainment group for people living with dementia, their family, friends and carers, offering a place where people can offer support and empathy with their experiences. This is ran by Lesley Fisher and further information available on 07442 167208.

Venue-The Grand Palais, Station Road, Swinton, M27 6AH.

1-3pm Dates for your dairy 10th July, 14th August, 11th September, 9th October, 13th Novemebr and 11th December.

The Alzheimers Society provide a Dementia Support Service. You can meet with a support worker who can give you advice on support services, claiming benefits and introduce you to support groups.

Salford Carers Centre can also help you access a wide range of services that could make life easier for you.

Age UK Salford’s Dementia Support Service can provide advice, guidance and support to people, their carers and families. They run free support groups in Swinton and Eccles for people with dementia and their family members. They also run buddy groups for people with mild to moderate dementia.

The Humphrey Booth Centre in Swinton also provides an information centre and cafe where you can get support and take part in activities.

The Open Doors project runs a Dementia Cafe at the Woodlands Hospital and support group where you can share experiences and get information. Contact Cathy or Mike on 0161 772 3893 for more information.

New service June 16

Admiral nurses

Can give you specialist advice about dementia and counselling when things are difficult. Earlier this year we extended the opening hours of our Admiral Nursing Direct helpline and employed more nurses so we could be there for more families when they needed us. 
Contact us 0800 888 6678 or for advice.
Monday 9:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday 9:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm, 6:00pm – 9:00pm Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm, 6:00pm – 9:00pm Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Who else to contact

Alzheimers Society

Dunham House
85-89 Cross St
M33 7HH

Tel: 0161 962 4769

Visit the website

Age UK Dementia Support Service

108 Church Street
M30 0LH

Tel: 0161 778 7700

Visit the website

Humphrey Booth Resource Centre

16-18 Worsely Road
M27 5WWW

Tel: 0161 607 7100

Support for people with dementia and their carers.

Visit the website

Salford Carers Centre

Angel Centre
1 St Philips Place
M3 6FA

Tel: 0161 833 0217
Mon - Fri 8am - 4pm

Range of support, advice, events and training for carers living in Salford.

Visit the website

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