OAPs are targeted by bogus GP clinic callers

The surgery on Braithwaite Road at the centre of residents concerns
The surgery on Braithwaite Road at the centre of residents concerns

A WARNING has been issued after elderly NHS patients were targeted as part of a telephone scam.

The Braithwaite Road GP practice in Lowton has reported that a number of people have been contacted by people who are asking questions including if they live alone.

They also inquire the patient if they could make an appointment to meet them at their home for an assessment for a long-term condition.

The people behind the calls are unknown but it is believed that they are a local company.

Various clinics across the borough have been asked to put up warnings as a result.

And anyone who has been contacted is being asked to contact the police as soon as possible and let them know.

An initial warning was sent out before Christmas but the unsolicited calls still appear to be an issue weeks later.

A spokesperson for NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group said: “A number of elderly patients in the Lowton area have reported being contacted by telephone by a local company pretending to work for the NHS.

“The company are attempting to make an appointment to visit the patients’ home and assess them for a long term condition.

“They are also asking if they live alone.

“If any member of the public in any area of the borough is contacted by anyone saying they are from the NHS, please do not make a home appointment without first checking.

“To do this, we advise that you ask for the name of the service, the name of the person calling and a phone number. You can then call your local GP practice to check that you have been referred and that the call is legitimate.

“If it is, you can call them back to make the appointment.

“If you are contacted by this company, we recommend that you call the local police on their non-emergency phone number - 101.”