Doctors’ plea to choose the correct service

Wigan's accident and emergency department
Wigan's accident and emergency department

HEALTH chiefs have urged Wiganers to chose the most appropriate service this bank holiday in a bid to reduce A&E admissions.

In most instances people don’t need A&E or 999, and accessing more suitable healthcare could result in them being seen quicker.

Throughout the borough there are a number of other outlets people can access for minor injuries and illnesses.

Dr Tim Dalton, local GP and Clinical Chair of NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (WBCCG) said: “The NHS asks people to choose the right service over the Spring Bank holiday and not go to A&E unless it is a life threatening emergency.

“If you have a non-life threatening complaint it’s much quicker to visit the walk in centre at Leigh Infirmary.

“Please leave A&E for people who really need it over the holidays and use a more appropriate NHS service instead.

“For example, if you or one of your family develop a bad cough, a cold, stomach bug or a sore throat over the holiday you might wish to visit your local pharmacist who is highly trained, is a trusted source of health advice is always pleased to help.

“Pharmacists have longer opening hours than GP practices: you don’t need an appointment to see one, and many have a consultation area when you can speak privately.

“They’ll also tell you if they think you should see a GP.

“It’s a good idea for people with long term conditions to make sure to contact your local GP Practice if you need to review your medication in advance of the holiday period and for advice on health matters it’s useful to phone NHS 111.”

On bank holiday Monday May 25, there will be a number of pharmacies open throughout the borough for residents to access if in need.

Asda Pharmacies will be open on Atherleigh Way in Leigh, Edge Green Lane, Golborne and Soho Street, Robin Park at 9am until 5pm.

Boots Pharmacy will also be open in the Grand Arcade at 10.30am until 4.30pm and Loire Drive, Robin Park, at 11am until 5pm.

Tesco In-Store Pharmacy will be open in the Central Park Way premises and the Spinning Jenny Way in Leigh at 11am until 11am until 4pm.

There has been close co-operation between GPs; Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, Wigan council, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Wigan Council and Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to help keep many ill people out of hospital over Spring bank holiday, including A&E. This partnership also helps make sure that patients who do need to be admitted into hospital are back at home as soon as appropriate.