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Oldham doctor urges Government to find solution to homelessness
An OLDHAM doctor is urging the Government to use the New Year to find a sustainable solution to homelessness.Dr Zahid Chauhan, who set up Homeless-Friendly with NHS Greater Manchester practices, has produced a UK Parliamentary petition to persuade politicians to act.
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Medics attend Salvation Army drop-in for Oldham’s vulnerable
Medics go out of their way to administer flu jabs for the homeless and vulnerable.
A team from the newly established Homeless Friendly scheme is touring various homeless charities and drop in sessions throughout December.
Their latest flu jab clinic took place at the Salvation Army’s Oldham base in Roundthorn Road, as part of the church’s long-established Friday drop-in session
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Oldham surgeries among the first in the country to take part in a campaign by Dr Zahid Chauhan to make Britain Homeless Friendly
TWO Oldham surgeries are among the first nine in the country to take part in a pioneering campaign to make Britain Homeless Friendly.
The scheme asks organisations to examine their policies to make sure rough sleepers, sofa surfers and others without a fixed abode get proper access to services and are reminded that they are valued members of society.
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Oldham GP Dr Zahid Chauhan teams up with Antibiotic Research UK
A WORLDWIDE campaign designed to tackle antibiotic resistance is being supported by an Oldham GP.
Dr Zahid Chauhan, a GP at Royton Medical practice, has teamed up with Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK) to encourage people to make a few simple changes now and stop demanding antibiotics from their doctor.
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Doctors urged Bolton residents to avoid demanding antibiotics in face of increased resistance
OUT-OF-HOURS doctors have called on Bolton residents to take action over antibiotics.
GPs from emergency out-of-hours health and dental service BARDOC have urged residents not to demand antibiotics from their doctor.
Out-of-hours GP and BARDOC director, Dr Zahid Chauhan, features in a new film to raise awareness about the threat to human health.
The film, called ‘Let’s stop trouble brewing for future generations’, will be released ahead of World Antibiotics Awareness Week, which commences on Monday, November 13.
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Quartet make pledge for homeless
Three local surgeries and a town centre charity are amongst the first organisations in the country to promise to be Homeless-Friendly.
In the company of Rochdale MP Tony Lloyd, The Dale Medical Practice, Nye Bevan House, plus The Strand and Bowness Road Family Practices, Middleton, pledged to examine their policies and procedures and ensure they cater for the homeless.
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BBC NEWS: Greater Manchester GP practices start ‘homeless-friendly’ scheme
Homeless patients are being urged to seek treatment at ten GP practices in Greater Manchester instead of accident and emergency departments.
NHS policy states identification or proof of address is not needed to be seen by a GP, but some homeless people claim they have been turned away.
The scheme, which was set up by Dr Zahid Chauhan at social enterprise Beacon GP Care, has also seen survival kits, containing blankets, bottled water, sleeping bags and a list of surgeries, handed to rough sleepers.
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M.E.N: A potentially life-changing new scheme will give homeless people vital access to healthcare
Homeless people will now be able to access immediate healthcare at GP surgeries in Greater Manchester – and it could be life-changing.
Rough sleepers often struggle to see a doctor because they have no permanent address and find it difficult to register at a practice.
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GP Online: Dr Zahid Chauhan: Stop turning GPs into admin machines and let them look after patients
GPs are drowning in administrative tasks, warns Manchester GP Dr Zahid Chauhan. The growing avalanche of demands on practices from schools, employers, charities have reached a critical point and must now be addressed to give general practice space to focus on looking after ill patients.
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Rochdale Online:Rochdale puts helping the homeless into practice
Rochdale is right at the heart of a new national campaign to make Britain homeless-friendly.
The Dale Medical Practice and the borough’s out-of-hours healthcare service BARDOC, are among the first nine concerns in the country to put that ethos into practice.
Run by social enterprise Beacon GP CARE and created by Nye Bevan House GP Dr Zahid Chauhan (who writes a regular column for Rochdale Online), the pioneering scheme asks organisations to examine their policies to make sure rough sleepers, sofa-surfers and others without a fixed abode get proper access to services and are reminded that they are valued members of society.
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Statement in response to the election results
On June 9th, Dr Zahid Chauhan, Councillor for the Alexandra Ward in Oldham, said: “Last night’s extremely encouraging General Election results demonstrate that Labour policies really resonate with the people in our region.
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Statement in response to the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena
I send my sincere condolences to all those affected by the vile crime perpetrated at the Manchester Arena. The murder of any human being is deplorable but the fact that this was a targeted attack on children is a new low.

Dr has Labour candidate appointment

Local GP and national health and charity champion Dr Zahid Chauhan will be interviewed tomorrow (Monday 8th May) for the Labour candidature for the crucial General Election seat of Rochdale.

Dr Zahid Chauhan – just what the people of Rochdale ordered 
A popular national health and social care campaigner is seeking Labour’s nomination for the seat of Rochdale – with a mandate to heal divisions and restore the town’s reputation as a hub of industry, diversity and prosperity.
Read more ->Statement in response to the election announcement
Councillor Dr Zahid Chauhan, Chair of the Oldham West and Royton Labour Party said: “This is the most important General Election in Britain for decades and it is our opportunity to stop the march of right-wing politics and its dogma of division and self-interest.
Read more ->Statement in response to the terror attacks in London
Councillor Dr Zahid Chauhan said: “My heart goes out to all of those affected by the terrible events in and around Westminster Square on March 22nd – particularly those who have lost loved ones.

Doctor’s dismay at Prime Minister’s seven-day claim

A family doctor has written an open letter to Theresa May accusing her of breaking the bond of trust between patient and GP – by suggesting surgeries are not working hard enough.

Gain some good advice on memory loss
Forgetfulness may not automatically be a sign of dementia. But even if it is, an early diagnosis can result in patients being able to enjoy a rich, long and rewarding life.

Let’s break some bad habits and beat heart disease
February is traditionally the time when we think about affairs of the heart. But with the cold weather still upon us, it is also the month where we desperately need to pump out the message that heart disease kills.

Advent of chocolate calendars adding to obesity crisis
“Be selective about how much chocolate your child eats before Christmas and beyond.” That’s the message from local GP Dr Zahid Chauhan who is warning that the festive peak in treats could make children more obese…

GPs on their knees due to unnecessary duties
Patients are waiting longer for appointments because GPs are burdened with everything from having to ratify new disability claims to providing evidence of whiplash for specialist injury solicitors. So says Oldham GP Dr Zahid Chauhan who has revealed…

Keeping out the cold this winter
“There’s a lot of it about” is a phrase you are going to hear this and, I suspect, every other winter! As doctors, we would love to be able to prevent all of the coughs, headaches, sore throats and sickness  that inevitably accompany a shift in season. But bugs are clever things…

Knuckle down and get that jab
This year the NHS is determined to deliver a knock-out blow to flu and consign myths about the flu jab to the canvass. In 2014, we dispensed 5% fewer flu inoculations to our patients nationally – with expectant mums and the vulnerable elderly amongst those who didn’t get protected. There were some pretty spurious reasons…