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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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Heart Disease

Heart disease in Salford

In 2014, over 200 people in Salford aged under 75 died of cardiovascular problems.

Cardiovascular disease is a killer but if you make the right changes you can reduce your risk and avoid conditions like stroke and heart attacks.

What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), also known as heart disease, refers to a number of diseases and conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels in the body.

It's usually caused when the heart can't pump blood around the body properly, either because the heart isn't working as it should or because blood vessels have become blocked, damaged or narrowed.

Below are the four main conditions related to Cardiovascular Disease.

Coronary heart disease

Like all muscles your heart needs oxygen-rich blood to keep pumping blood round the rest of body. The heart is supplied by two large blood vessels called your coronary arteries.

Coronary heart disease is when blood flow through your coronary arteries becomes blocked or reduced, usually caused by the buildup of fatty deposits on the inside of these blood vessels.

As these fatty deposits build and restrict blood flow even more they can cause chest pain, or Angina. If they block the artery completely they can cause a heart attack.


A Stroke happens when bloodflow to the brain is blocked; starving it of oxygen and damaging brain cells. If fatty deposits begin to build up in your arteries, bits can break off and cause a blood clot inside the brain.

Strokes can also happen when weak blood vessels inside the brain burst; leaking blood into the brain tissue and damaging cells around it.

Peripheral arterial disease

Peripheral arterial disease, also called peripheral vascular disease, happens when fatty buildups inside your arteries begin to block the blood flow to your legs.

It's a common condition and though many people don't have any symptoms it can cause pain in the legs and feet; anything from a slight ache to serious and lasting pain.

Abdominal aortic disease

The aorta is the largest blood vessel and carries blood down the middle of your body (your abdomen) to the other parts of your body.

Abdominal aortic disease happens when the aorta becomes damaged or doesn't work properly. The most common form is an aortic aneurysm, where the walls of the aorta bulge and weaken. If this bursts it can be life threatening.

Who to contact

British Heart Foundation

The national charity offering advice and support for all things related to cardiovascular disease.

Visit the website

Heart Helpline - British Heart Foundation

Tel: 0300 330 3311
9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri

National helpline giving information and support on heart conditions and staying healthy by trained nurses. Calls charged at national rate.

Visit the website

Stroke Association

The national charity for advice and support for anyone affected by Stroke.

Visit the website

Stroke Helpline

Tel: 0303 3033 100
9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri

National helpline from the Stroke Association offering advice and support to anyone affected by stroke. Calls charged at standard rate.

Visit the website

Salford Heart Care

Patricroft United Reform Church
Franklin Street
M30 0QZ

Tel: 0161 707 7402

Advice and services on preventing and managing heart conditions, staying healthy, and reducing loneliness. Branches in Eccles, Irlam, Little Hulton and Weaste.

Visit the website

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