Brains and brawn boost for tots in deprived borough areas

Pre-school-aged children living in deprived parts of the borough will be able to take part in physical activity sessions designed to give them a helping hand in getting ready for primary school thanks to a £40,000 grant from BBC Children in Need and Wigan Council.

Charlotte Caldwell, mother of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell, speaks outside Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

Review of medicinal use of cannabis launched by Home Secretary

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a review of the medicinal use of cannabis which could lead to patients in the UK being prescribed drugs derived from the banned plant.
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Wigan campaign using football to boost mental health

The founder of a campaign which uses football to tackle mental health is urging more Wiganers to lace up for the cause.


GALLERY: Hygiene ratings - latest results

More than half of Wigan’s food establishments have scored the highest possible marks in the latest round-up of food hygiene inspections.

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Self-harming on the increase among Wigan youngsters

Hundreds of Wigan youngsters were hospitalised for self-harm incidents and mental health conditions last year, a figure much higher than the national average.

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Paramedics across the north west are going on strike today - and more could follow suit soon

Paramedics across the North West are today going on strike – with further industrial action looming on the horizon.
Wigan Infirmary

Wigan's health boss welcomes visa rule change

The head of the borough’s hospitals has welcomed plans to ease restrictions on the number of non-EU doctors and nurses allowed to work in the UK.

Wigan and Leigh Infirmary

Big improvement in A&E waiting times for Wigan patients

Wigan Infirmary’s A&E unit saw a dramatic improvement in the number of patients seen within four hours, new figures have revealed.

Shaun recovering in hospital

Shaun travels from Falklands to Wigan for urgent surgery

After breaking his collarbone in four places, Falkland Islands native Shaun East had few specialist care options available to him at home.

NHS employees on strike over WWL Solutions

Five-day strike planned in NHS dispute

Health bosses are under pressure to end a major NHS employment dispute after unions announced a five-day strike.
Donna Hall

New joined-up health care era for borough

A bid to improve borough health and social care and make them more efficient has led to an unprecedented union.

Wigan Infirmary

Weeks of on-call industrial action in NHS dispute

Union members at the borough’s hospitals are taking part in a lengthy period of industrial action as part of an ongoing NHS dispute.

Palliative care nurse specialist manager Jo Carby

Call to hasten hospice help

The borough’s hospice says more could still be done to ensure residents get the care they need at the end of their lives following a major report.

Wigan has been identified as a pollution hotspot by the World Health Organisation

Wiganers urged to do their bit for Clean Air Day

Young Wigan people are gearing up for a national day of action to tackle the growing threat of polluted air.

NHS trust Bridgewater

Health trust Bridgewater rapped by commissioners

Clinical commissioners across three boroughs, including Wigan, have now expressed concerns about an under-fire health trust.

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Children will copy smartphone obsessed parents

If parents spend their lives on their smartphones playing games or using social media they should not be surprised if their children copy them, according to an addiction expert.

Stephen Bullough with his wife Angela and dog, Toby

World martial arts champion from Wigan left bed-bound and blind from suspected Lyme disease

A three-times martial arts world champion from Wigan has been refused treatment for an infection which has left him blind and unable to walk.

VIDEO: Wigan hospital workers back out on strike

Hundreds of hospital workers are once again on strike today as the second round of industrial action over moving them to a controversial new company began.
Zara Woods has spoken out as part of World Haemochromatosis Week.

Businesswoman from Wigan spreads word about iron overload condition

A Wigan businesswoman has spoken of living with a little-known genetic condition which causes her body to produce too much iron.

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