Fears vulnerable do not get represented

Families who believe their loved ones were put on end-of-life care pathways say they fear vulnerable people have no-one to speak out for them.

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Smokers at high risk of dementia, study says

Heavy-smoking Wiganers are at increased risk of developing dementia, health chiefs warned today.

The operating theatre in the Phase One Orthopaedic Unit at Wrightington Hospital

Operating theatres had to be shut down

Patients treated at pioneering operating theatres in Wrightington Hospital were placed under “intensive” observations after ventilation problems at an £18m health facility caused a major shutdown.

Rebecca Jewitt and husband Lee with children, Isobella, 11, left, twins Oliver and Noah, two, and Oscar, seven

‘Blood transfusions saved our sons’ lives’

When twins Noah and Oliver Jewitt were born prematurely, blood transfusions played a vital part in their fight for life.

POSED BY MODEL. File photo dated 29/01/09 of a person drinking alcohol as twice as many young people living in the North East of England receive treatment for alcohol problems compared with the rest of the country, a study has found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 7, 2012. Figures from health campaign group Balance show 118 of every 100,000 under 18s in the North East were treated for drink problems - double the national average. More than 600 of the 9,450 people receiving specialist alcohol treatment in the region in 2010/11 were under the age of 18, Balance said. The North East-based group is now calling for a review of alcohol advertising to help tackle 'harmful and hazardous' levels of drinking among young people. See PA story HEALTH Alcohol. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire

Alcohol questions at A&E

Nine out of 10 A&E units are failing to identify young people with alcohol problems, a new study has found.

Officaial launch of the new Contraception and Sexual Health service at Dewsbury Health Centre. Also known as the Pink Pod. Contraception. 12090834

Sexual health clinics plan

Seven new nurse-led clinics to improve access to sexual health services in the borough have been proposed by NHS and council bosses.

A person giving blood. Photo credit: Haydn West/PA Wire

Call to save lives by donating blood

Residents are being encouraged to start saving lives by becoming blood donors during National Blood Week,

Exhaust fumes

153 early deaths blamed on town’s air pollution

Toxic air pollution contributed to 153 early deaths in Wigan in 2010, a study has found.

Atherleigh Park

New psychiatric hospital’s AWOL record revealed

There were 11 incidents of patients going AWOL from the borough’s new psychiatric hospital in the first two months of its opening.

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Peter Hill is working with Wigan Warriors community foundation to cycle from Wigan to Paris

Campaign to get youngsters talking about mental health

A Wigan man has launched a campaign to teach youngsters about the options available to them when it comes to getting help with mental illness.

Mum-to-be Eloise tries out the new scanner

Hospital’s joy at high-tech gift

Wigan Infirmary’s maternity unit has been gifted a new, high-tech piece of kit for mums-to-be.

Leigh Health Centre at Leigh Infirmary

Surgery rating improves to ‘good’

A local GP practice has improved its safety rating after being put on a six-month warning from health watchdogs.

High Peak Lodge care home, Leigh

Nurse sacked for accepting cash gift

A medic at a care home in Leigh has been suspended for nine months after she accepted a £500 cheque from a terminally-ill resident.

Wigan and Leigh Young Carers

The Health Lottery is coming to Wigan!

The Health Lottery will be raising money for good causes in Wigan during the week beginning Sunday, May 28 – and it needs your support.
Walter Johnston and Donna Crane with baby Dylan

A heartfelt offer of support for worried parents

The parents of a Wigan baby born with “club foot” have opened their hearts to help any families hit by the potentially life-limiting condition.

A birthday kiss from Apple Fitness owner Pauline Astbury for 

Gordon Fairhurst

Gym-goer Gordon celebrates his 90th

Nonagenarian Gordon Fairhurst is proving he is not ready to put his feet up yet.

Wigan Infirmary, where Paul Clegg died in 2010

Six nurses face discipline date

Six Wigan nurses will face a major disciplinary hearing in London later this month.

Voters would pay extra 1p tax for a better NHS

Voters would pay extra 1p tax for a better NHS

Two thirds of voters in the North West trust Labour more than any other party with the future of the NHS, according to a new survey.

Bradshaw Medical Centre, Orrell

Surgery urged to improve again

A Wigan GP practice is still in need of improvement five months after it was slammed for endangering patient safety by leaving out dangerous materials.

Blood bike rider Paul Cull

Grandad on blood bike mission

Blood bike rider Paul Cull is out to prove that age is just a number.

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