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Walkden Medical Centre News

Feb 2020

February is LGBT History Month which aims to promote tolerance and raise awareness of the prejudices faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The LGBT History Month website has lots of useful background information and resources for schools, including toolkits and suggested lessons, and details of the theme for each year.

NHS 111


We ask you to call 111 when the practice is closed if non-urgent medical advice is required.


Available 24 hours, call for any health concerns.

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 onwards.



Free Lung MOT

Thousands of people in Salford will be offered a free lung MOT 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). The first round of the lung health check pilot will be carried out at Walkden Gateway before being available in other parts of the city later in the year.

See website for further details



Physiotherapy self-referrals

You can access NHS physiotherapy without seeing your GP first. It can be accessed via the link below or our practice website.


Free adult learning now available

Corinth Training C.I.C. are offering free local adult education. See website for further details

Or contact Paul for further information on 07482 606808 or email


Being You Centre at St Anne’s Hospice

This drop in service is available to those living with a life-limiting illness, who may be experiencing physical, psychological, emotional or social issues. They will take the time to listen to you and your concerns, and work with you to help you overcome them. Everyone’s needs are different, and we’ll tailor your care to your own individual needs. Following an assessment, you may be referred to some of our specialist services, depending on your needs, wishes and goals. Telephone: 0161 702 8181 Email:

See website for further details


Dry January

Alcohol Concern launches its Dry January campaign this year hoping even more people can experience the benefits of giving alcohol for a month which include saving money, better sleep and mental health.

See website for further details


Opiates In General Practice

According to new figures published this week by Public Health England, one in eight adults in the UK is currently on one of these drugs, which include co-codamol, tramadol and morphine. There were 141 million prescriptions issued for them last year, up from 89 million in 2008.

If you are one of these people please be aware these medications are highly addictive.

Please speak to your doctor if you would like help cutting down and stopping.

Please see these links for further information. One is a link to a BBC show called Horizon which recently featured local GPs discussing the problem.

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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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