New alert over A&E overload

The Accidents and Emergencies department, Wigan Infirmary
The Accidents and Emergencies department, Wigan Infirmary

Health chiefs have issued a fresh appeal for borough patients to keep clear of Wigan A&E unless it is a real emergency after it experienced another surge in demand.

Those who don’t have serious or life-threatening injuries or medical conditions should seek alternative forms of care.

Patients are seen in order of clinical priority; those with minor concerns may face a longer wait. There are many different ways people can get the right treatment at the right time: 

Extended GP service: You can also book an appointment to see a GP or Nurse until 8pm weekdays and between 10am and 4pm at the weekend. Registered Wigan Borough patients can call 01942 482848 and book an appointment.

Out of hours GP service: If you need non-emergency medical help outside of your GP opening hours, please contact NHS 111. 

Walk-in Centre: For treatment of cuts, bruises, minor infections, stomach upsets, strains and skin complaints, without an appointment. Leigh Health Centre, The Avenue, Leigh. Tel 01942 483453.

Pharmacists are experts in providing medical information and advice. Many have private consultation areas. 

The NHS 111 service for non-emergency medical help. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is staffed by fully trained advisors and experienced clinicians.