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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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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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