Accidents and emergencies only plea


PEOPLE in Wigan are advised to stay away from Wigan’s A&E unless it is an emergency.

The department at Wigan Infirmary is currently experiencing high levels of demand and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust is urging people to only attend if they have had an accident or a life-threatening incident.

Fiona Noden, director of operations, said: “The A&E department at Wigan Infirmary has been extremely busy over the weekend and this is continuing. Everyone will benefit if we can give urgent and emergency care to the people most in need.

“We are therefore appealing to the public to think twice and make sure they choose the right service for minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. The public should only attend A&E if they have a serious health condition or in a genuine emergency. A&E is not the right choice for minor conditions.

“Please consider all of the healthcare options available before coming to A&E. Make an appointment with your GP, attend the Walk-in Centre at Leigh, or speak to your local pharmacist. If you need non-emergency medical help outside GP opening hours, contact the Out-of-Hours service on 829911.