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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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Disability support

Disability support in Salford

Disability should not be a barrier to a fulfilling, active life. You can access everything from inclusive sports, activities and drama groups, through to help and support with SEND (special educational needs and disability).

Getting support for children and young people

Every child learns differently. If you feel your child needs extra support, find out about Salford’s Local Offer.

This gives you all the information you need about the local help available for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and how to access it.

Salford also has plenty of groups and activities for disabled children and young people to enjoy in holiday time or after school.


Getting support at work

If you have a disability, Remploy can provide you with help getting into employment or support once you are in work.

You can also talk to a Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your local Jobcentre who can help you find a job or gain new skills and tell you about disability friendly employers in your area. You can call 0345 604 3719 to find out more.

Help in and outside the home

If you or a member of your family has a disability, you may be entitled to extra care and support arranged by your local council to help you live as normally as possible.

The council will assess your needs, offer advice and information and decide whether they will cover the cost of your care needs or if you need to make a contribution.

You could be eligible for help such as adaptations to your home, for example a stair lift or money to arrange and pay for your own care. You can also find out more about financial help available.


Salford Local Offer

Directory of support available in Salford for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Visit the website

Salford Autism

Eccles Old Town Hall
Church Street
M30 0LH

0845 652 0256

Drop in/clinic days are held at Eccles Town Hall in the training room on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month, 10.00am to 4.00pm. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We will answer 30 seconds maximum or leave a message and we will respond fast.

Visit the website

Salford Community Leisure - accessible sports

Choose from different venues across Salford all offering sports and activities for those with additional needs.

Visit the website


Provides support for people with a disability looking for employment or in work.

Tel: 0300 456 8110

Visit the website

Ring and Ride

20th Floor Manchester One
53 Portland Street
M1 3LD

Tel: 0161 200 6011

Doors-to-door transport for people who struggle to use public transport, with journeys from as little as £1.

Operating times:
8am - 10.45pm (Monday - Saturday)
8am - 10.10pm (Sunday)

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Disabled Living

Tel: 0161 607 8200

Showroom and advice on home adaptations.

Visit the website

Salford Talking News

Sending out free news recordings on memory sticks each week to blind, partially-sighted or otherwise reading-disabled people, throughout Salford.

0161 736 8670

Visit the website

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