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Walkden Medical Centre News

July-Sept 2019

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.
August Day Bank Holiday
The practice will be closed on Monday 26th August
Staff Changes
We wish Dr Choudry best wishes as she begins her maternity leave. We will be welcoming back Dr West who will be acting in her place whilst she is away. Please note we are directing coil and implant fittings to the local family planning clinics.
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.
The NHS App is now available to the public on Google Play and Apple app stores. GP practices are being connected to the app gradually and will all be connected by 1 July 2019. People will only be able to use all features when their GP practice is connected to the app.
Physiotherapy self-referrals
You can access NHS physiotherapy without seeing your GP first. It can be accessed via the practice website. go2physio
Social Prescribing
Wellbeing Matters is 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. Ask your clinician if you would like more information.
University of the Third Age
U3A provides life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities for retired and semi-retired people to come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery! They have 25 difference activities for people to get involved in. Marlene Evans for more info 0161 790 9380.
Park Run
We’ve become a park run practice. Get involved in your local park run. It’s a fun 2 or 5km walk/jog or run, starting at 9am on Saturdays around Worsley woods. Check out the website.
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.
Did Not Attends (DNAs)
From March 2018 to April 2019 there were 1030 DNA’s. The estimated cost to the NHS for these DNA’s was £47,380.
Healthy Holidays scheme
If your child or children receive free school meals, they may get help with the extra cost of food during the six week summer holidays.
Salford City Council is offering £30 in shopping vouchers through its healthy holidays scheme. Parents/carers of children in reception class and primary school years one and two will need to be claiming certain benefits to qualify but all others whose children are receiving free school meals will be eligible.
The offer is being run through Salford Assist which can help people facing a crisis or emergency – and there is other help and advice available if needed.
Please see for details and how to apply
Annual Reviews for Long Term Conditions (LTC)
Patients will be asked to attend for their annual LTC review around their birthday.

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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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