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Walkden Medical Centre News

Oct 2019

Flu Clinics-Adults

Drop in clinics

Every Monday, Tuesday and Friday between 12-1 until the end of October

Saturday Clinic

2nd November 9-12.30

Pre bookable appointment's re available for 65 year old and older with Bernadette-please enquire at reception. 

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.
Practice Pharmacist
We now have a pharmacist working alongside the practice. He is helping us in many ways. He will be doing face to face medication reviews with our patients who have chronic airway disease and hypertension.
Physiotherapy self-referrals
You can access NHS physiotherapy without seeing your GP first. It can be accessed via the practice website. go2physio

Free MOT Lung Check
Thousands of people in Salford will be offered a 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). Salford City Council’s health improvement service staff will also be on hand to offer stop smoking and other health advice. The first round of the lung health check pilot will be carried out at Walkden Gateway centre before being available in other parts of the city later in the year. 
Cervical Screening
If due please attend for your smear! Around 2,600 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year. Around 690 women die from the disease, which means 2 deaths every day. It's estimated that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cases could be prevented.
Annual Reviews for Long Term Conditions (LTC)
Patients will be asked to attend for their annual LTC review around their birthday.

Trouble sleeping? Feeling low?

Get your energy back with an award-winning online sleep improvement programme

Sleepio was created by world sleep expert 

Professor Colin Espie and features proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques. 

The six-week online programme is clinically proven to help those with long-term sleep problems fall asleep, stay asleep and feel better during the day.

For help to improve your sleep, please contact: 

Tel. 0161 226 3871

Self Help is a Registered Charity (No. 1122063) A Big Life Charity

New community group in Little Hulton

The Happie Chappies are a local group who put on activities for residents. Activities include Bingo, Gardening Club, luncheon Club, Knitting and sewing club. They are hosting an opening day is to showcase what they do and open up their doors to organisations and residents, so people can see what they are doing. There will be raffles, refreshments and cakes on offer.


Join us for a brew, a look round or bring anyone interested in having a look around.


If you know of anyone that is socially isolated and wants to get out into a group please get in touch with Happie Chappies. Hulton avenue community centre. Monday 4th November 

New Childrens choir

A new choir is open is anyone would like to attends. Its on at St Johns community centre,

every Monday 4-5.

There is a new Chat and Natter group hosted by Age UK in Little Hulton.

The session will be on: Tuesday’s, 10am – 12:30pm at Streetgate Community Centre, Baron Fold, Little Hulton, M38 9UR

There is a donation of 50p for hot drink and biscuits.

First Steps

Play and support group

Play sessions for children with an additional need

(*All sessions are TERM TIME ONLY)


play session for children with an additional need/disability and their parent/carer.

Meet other parents

and let your child play in a safe and stimulating environment. Trained and experienced staff will offer advice and practical support to help you promote your child's learning, development, play and social skills.


The group is led by a Portage home visitor and an Early help practitioner.


TUESDAY 1.00-2.00 pm

Little Hulton Children’s Centre

Longs haw Drive, Salford M28 OBD. Tel: 0161 604 7660


If you would like more information please contact:

Paula Watt

Portage home visitor– Starting Life Well

On: 07841297331




The Parenting Peer Support Group we have a group locally in Walkden at St Pauls Church Community Hall and will start on the 24th September Tuesday’s 9:30am – 11am

The peer support group is a chance for an informal coffee morning for the parents of children with additional needs to share experiences and meet new people.

For further information please call 0800 952 1000.

Free 10 Week Learning introductory Courses

For more information on free courses in your community and across the City 

Contact  The Learning Team on 0161 831 9807

Little Hulton Children’s Centre, Longshaw Drive,

Little Hulton M28 0BD

Childcare Thinking of working in the childcare industry or have children of your own then this course could build your confidence and skills Mondays 16/9/19 9.30am till 11.30am

Confidence Building 

If you would like to Improve your

confidence and self-esteem

create positive thinking and

develop your assertiveness this course

could help you

Mondays 16/9/19 9.30am till 11.30am

The Big Local, Hulton District Centre,

Little Hulton, M28 OBA

English (not ESOL) If you would like to Improve your literacy skills Be able to help your children with homework or prepare to take a qualification this course could help you  Fridays 20/9/19 12.30pm till 2.30pm


 If you would like to Improve your maths


Be able to help your children with

homework or prepare for a qualification

this course could help you 

Tuesdays 17/9/19 9.30am till 11.30am

Old Lane Community Centre, 132 Old Lane, Little Hulton

 M38 9SV

Supporting Children with Homework Improve your skills and confidence, learn new tips and ideas to make homework more enjoyable and achievable.  Thursdays 19/9/19 9.30am till 11.30am

Walkden Gateway 2 Smith Street Walkden M28 3EZ

First Steps to Working in Hospitality Learn new skills or enhance existing skills to prepare for an exciting career in Hospitality  Mondays 16/9/19 12.30pm till 2.30pm 

Open Days For information on these courses and many more across the City come along to   The Big Local,  Hulton District Centre,   Little Hulton, M28 OBA on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 9.30am till 12.30pm And  Old lane Community Centre, 132 Old lane, Little Hulton, M38 9SB  Monday 9th  September 2019  9am till 12.30pm  


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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