Welcome to Walkden Medical Centre Online
Welcome to our practice website. We aim to provide all of our patients with a comprehensive range of healthcare services covering one-off problems to longer term illnesses.
As well as being able to see when we are open at the click of a mouse we’ve made it easier for you to do a number of things. Check out how to order a repeat prescription or cancel your appointment online.
Making an appointment You can ring us on 0161 702 5310.
If you have concerns that you or someone you know may have been exposed to or become infected with coronavirus please call 111. DO NOT attend the surgery or hospital. Further info-
The NHS in Salford and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
To provide you with the best possible standards of care and point you in the right direction when making your appointment -we’ll ask about the reason for your consultation when you request an appointment. This will ensure you get the most appropriate treatment as well as helping to reduce waiting times. If you’d rather not say, please just let us know.
We have now added the facility for patients to book a range of appointments online and access summary medical information online from their records. Patients have been able to order their repeat prescriptions online since 2007 and this is a real time-saving, safe and responsive service, all-round. To sign up for any or all of the online services, patients must produce evidence of their identity and current address, in person, at reception. We will make alternative arrangements for access, for patients who are housebound.
Not all problems need our help initially, so we encourage everyone with minor illness or skin conditions to consult their pharmacist first. They will refer you on to our nurse practitioner or GP if it’s a problem they cannot help with.
CONSIDER LOCAL PHARMACIST FIRST
You can find details here. You can talk to your pharmacists in confidence - even about the most personal symptoms. Most pharmacies now have a quiet area away from other customers where you can speak to the pharmacist more privately.
Access medication from your pharmacy under a new minor ailment scheme
For first line help and advice with self-limiting illness, eg coughs, colds, sore throats, fever, sickness, diarrhoea, etc
Especially useful for advice about choosing suitable cough & cold remedies when already taking prescribed medication (as they can advise about the most suitable choice)
Help with medication queries
Head lice treatments
“Morning after” contraception (from selected pharmacies)
Some preventive malaria treatments
(Site updated 11/02/2020)