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Walkden Medical Centre News

Jan 2020

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

https://www.salfordccg.nhs.uk/about-us/latest-news/salford-lung-checks-given-green-light

 

 

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.

www.srft.nhs.uk/go2physio

 

Free adult learning now available

Corinth Training C.I.C. are offering free local adult education. See website for further details https://www.corinth-training.com/index.html

Or contact Paul for further information on 07482 606808 or email info@corinth-training.com

 

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: enquiries@sah.org.uk

See website for further details https://www.sah.org.uk/how-we-help/our-services/the-being-you-centre/

 

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 https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/dry-january

 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000dbpf/horizon-2020-1-addicted-to-painkillers-britains-opioid-crisis

http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/clinical/clinical-specialties/prescribing/gp-practice-warns-new-patients-they-will-not-routinely-prescribe-opiates/20039615.article

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You can make an appointment with the doctor or nurse by telephoning 0161 702 5310, calling in person when reception is open or use our on-line appointment system.  If you would like to register to use the on-line appointment bookings please speak to a member of staff. Appointments to see the doctor can be made in advance or booked on the day.  Please remember that an appointment is for one person only. If another member of your family needs to be seen another appointment should be made.

SPEAK TO YOUR 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.

  • 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

Practice Nurses

In a number of cases it might be worth considering an appointment with a practice nurse rather than a doctor. Practice nurses are qualified to deal with many ailments and you may be seen more quickly. Appointments are pre-bookable.

Ambulance Booking

The surgery is no longer able to book ambulances for patients attending hospital.For first outpatient and first diagnostic appointments please telephone 0800 0924020.  All follow up appointments and discharges etc must be booked by the hospital.

Cancellations

If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.

 

 
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