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A&E wait times are slashed

Waiting times at Wigan A&E unit are improving, after steps were taken to see more patients within four hours.

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The Accidents and Emergencies department, Wigan Infirmary

Public urged to avoid A&E

Health bosses are urging Wigan residents to avoid A&E where possible as it operating at full capacity.

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King William on Liverpool Road, Platt Bridge

Filthy pub had been infested with rats

A Wigan pub was temporarily closed by the courts after a rat infestation was found amid squalid conditions.

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The standardised green packets aim to discourage young people from ever taking up smoking.

Graphic cigarette pack warnings aim to stop youngsters smoking

Cigarettes must be sold in standardised green packaging bearing graphic warnings of the dangers of smoking from this weekend as rules designed to prevent young people taking up the habit come into full effect.

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Hayley Wroth from Ince with her mental health support dog Otis

Otis is my life, without him I have nothing ...

A Wigan woman and her mental health support dog could be left out on the streets after a string of errors led to her benefit being axed.

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Jennifer Kelly, Lisa Jones and Tasha Gaskell

Ladies’ night for Laura Lu Unity fund

A group of women are organising a ladies’ night in Wigan for Cancer Research UK and the Laura Lu Carter Unity Fund.

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Ladies from St John Rigby College catering team before the start of the race

Sun shines on Race For Life 2017

The sun shone on the hundreds of runners who took part in this year's Race For Life.

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Carolyn Cross

Carolyn to share her story before big race

A mum who has twice beaten cancer after losing her own mum to the disease will officially start Wigan’s Race For Life event.

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Aldi staff with Wigan and Leigh Hospice employees handing over a cheque following charity fund-raising led by Kelly Stokes (second from left, back row)

Double boost for hospice project

A brave charity fund-raiser who suffered serious injuries in a car crash refused to be stopped in her quest to help a local charity.

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The Blue Light Torch is welcomed to Leigh

Picking up baton for mental health relay

Blue light services across the region gathered in the borough to welcome the Our Blue Light torch as part of the first UK mental health relay.

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Ellie Pugh, 12, and mum Donna, who both have Crohn's disease, with Ellie's sister Bethany, 15

Family hit twice by disease speak out

A mother and daughter both diagnosed with Crohn’s disease have spoken of their experiences for World IBD Day.

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Wigan Infirmary

Trust says it is 'business as usual' but advising patients of delays in responding to calls

Wigan Infirmary is urging people to think wisely about using services in the wake of a national cyber attack.
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Wigan has a drink problem

Wigan has a drink problem

The number of alcoholics receiving treatment in Wigan is soaring well above the national average.

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Hygiene ratings - latest results

Hygiene ratings - latest results

All but two of the Wigan food establishments subjected to a hygiene inspection in April won top marks.

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Douglas Bank Nursing Home

Care home is ‘inadequate’

A Wigan nursing home has been slammed by health watchdogs for putting residents’ safety at risk.

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Hall Green Surgery on Ormskirk Road

GP surgery warns thousands of patients of impaired services amid NHS cyber attack

An Upholland GP surgery has warned thousands of patients of disruption to its services as the NHS continues to deal with a cyber attack.

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Wigan Infirmary

Wigan almost in the clear after being hit by NHS cyber attack

Wigan health chiefs have thanked staff for work during cyber crisis after systems come back online.
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The warm up before the  Race For Life at Haigh Hall, Wigan, last year

Make a last dash to join Race For Life

Time is running out for women wishing to take part in Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life in Wigan.

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UPDATED: NHS hit by huge cyber attack - avoid A&E and walk-in centres 'unless absolutely necessary'

UPDATED: NHS hit by huge cyber attack - avoid A&E and walk-in centres 'unless absolutely necessary'

Computers have been shut down across the country after NHS computers were hit by a cyber attack, plunging the health service into chaos.
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Karen Hill

Tragic Karen gave us hope until the end

Family and friends of a Wigan woman who died of breast cancer have pulled together to raise thousands of pounds for The Christie.

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