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Man fakes medical emergency for free ride to hospital

A man faked a medical emergency to get a lift to hospital from paramedics, local ambulance workers have revealed.

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Good for your teeth

Chemicals in red wine could help prevent tooth decay, research finds

Chemicals in red wine could provide an unexpected route to healthier teeth and gums, research suggests.

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Dave Hughes with parner Louise Sedgwick and their son George

Survey echoes Wigan dad's support for 'opt-out' organ donor scheme

Almost three-quarters of people in the North West are in favour of an “opt out” organ donation system, according to new figures from a charity.

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Mums outside Haigh Hall

Bump to buggy weekly walk in Wigan

Scores of mums, bumps and babies are joining the weekly stroll through Haigh Woodland Park.

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Persistent bloating can be a sign of ovarian cancer

Cancer signs ‘mistaken for dietary issue’

Women could be buying probiotic yoghurts instead of seeking medical health for a key symptom of cancer, a charity has warned.

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Hygiene ratings: Wigan’s One-Star rated eateries Nov 2017 to Jan 2018

These Wigan restaurants, shops and takeaways have been given the second lowest possible rating by the Food Standards Agency.

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Wigan Infirmary

Health chiefs battle alarming rise in drug hospital admissions

Health chiefs say they are working hard to tackle an alarming rise in drug-related admissions the borough’s hospitals.

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Hindley Health Centre where the pharmacy is located.

"Red flag" system review following death of man

Borough healthcare providers have been ordered to review their "red flag" system after a prescription failure led to the death of a Wigan man.
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HIV testing can be done at home

Diagnosing of HIV is being ‘left too late’

The vast majority of people with HIV in Wigan are not being diagnosed until the disease has damaged their immune system.
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Wigan Infirmary

Wigan health bosses promise to listen and talk to workers

Hospital bosses have promised to listen to staff concerns about a controversial employment move and possibly tweak the proposals.

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Val Fenton with a photo of husband Keith

Wigan widow: Don’t be the 1 - quit smoking before you die!

A widow has issued a stark warning to Wiganers about the dangers of smoking, as a new survey revealed most people underestimate the danger of their addiction.

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Fish cakes recalled over fears they contain pieces of metal

Fish cakes recalled over fears they contain pieces of metal

A major frozen food producer is recalling packets of fish cakes over fears they could contain pieces of metal and plastic.
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Doctors warn of "spike" in scarlet fever cases

Parents' scarlet fever warning

Residents are being urged to ensure they are vigilant in spotting the signs for Scarlet Fever after a rapid rise in the number of cases across Greater Manchester.

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Wigan accident and emergency department

Seven ambulances diverted from Wigan Infirmary

Ambulances that would normally have gone to Wigan Infirmary’s casualty department were re-routed to hospitals further away seven times in a fortnight because of service pressures, it can be revealed today.

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An undercover operation exposed an illegal teeth-whitening venture

Illegal teeth whitening earns fine for woman

A borough woman has been fined after she was caught practising illegal teeth-whitening during an undercover sting.

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Wigan Infirmary

Wigan Infirmary to get 100 more car park spaces

The number of parking spaces at Wigan Infirmary is to be increased by almost 100 this spring.

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Elaine Pye

A life-saving appeal from Wigan stroke survivor

Stroke survivor Elaine Pye is urging local people to be aware of the warning signs of stroke, and share the FAST message to help save more lives.

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David Hughes with son George

Desperate days as Wigan dad loses out on heart again

A Wigan dad who is desperately in need of a new heart has received a major blow after missing out on a vital organ transplant.

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Sarah Whytes surprise birthday party at the DW, including (back row, left to right) Latics stars Dan Burn, Nick Powell and Will Grigg

Birthday treat for brave Sarah at Wigan Athletic as she battles rare disease

A brave Wigan mum has spoken of her 10-year battle with a rare and incurable bone-eating disorder.

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Royal Albert Edward Infirmary

Hundreds of operations moved out of town from Wigan hospital

Hundreds of patients will have to travel out of the borough for high-risk surgery as part of a major shake-up.

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