Chemist chain ‘sorry’ in morning after pill row

High street chemist Boots has said it is “truly sorry” for the way it responded to a campaign calling for it to cut the price of emergency contraception and announced it is looking for cheaper alternatives.

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Stephen Moss

Bands pull out the stops for local ‘legend’

A Leigh band has organised a “huge” gig to help a local legend who is stuck in Greece with a broken back.

Kate Roach and baby Charlie at home

Mum’s praise for home birth

A mum has told of her “amazing” home birth experience following two traumatic previous pregnancies.

June Lomax from Leigh, with a photograph of her daughter Sandra

‘Let my daughter leave hospital’ pleads mum

A borough mum has launched a campaign to get her daughter released from a hospital’s mental health unit and brought home amid claims she is being maltreated.

Paul Reynolds (left)

‘Amazing’ surge in organ donors

An astonishing 95,588 people in the borough are now on the organ donor register - a 33 per cent increase on five years ago.

Is the NHS fit for purpose?

Hospital hygiene fears

Almost 60 per cent of Greater Manchester people don’t know how to wash their hands properly when visiting hospital.

Doctor Tim Dalton and Trish Anderson from Wigan Borough CCG

Rehab unit’s future under discussion

Health bosses are about to begin speaking to patients and employees about the future of a neurological rehab unit currently based in the borough.

Coun Keith Cunliffe

The £43m health service transformation plan

A further bid to transform frontline health and social care services in the borough - totalling £42.3m over three years - is set to be submitted.

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust Ambulance

Improvements in ambulance times

Ambulances are responding to more 999 calls on time - but they have not met their targets for a full year now.

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Smokers at high risk of dementia, study says

Heavy-smoking Wiganers are at increased risk of developing dementia, health chiefs warned today.

The operating theatre in the Phase One Orthopaedic Unit at Wrightington Hospital

Operating theatres had to be shut down

Patients treated at pioneering operating theatres in Wrightington Hospital were placed under “intensive” observations after ventilation problems at an £18m health facility caused a major shutdown.

Rebecca Jewitt and husband Lee with children, Isobella, 11, left, twins Oliver and Noah, two, and Oscar, seven

‘Blood transfusions saved our sons’ lives’

When twins Noah and Oliver Jewitt were born prematurely, blood transfusions played a vital part in their fight for life.

Officaial launch of the new Contraception and Sexual Health service at Dewsbury Health Centre. Also known as the Pink Pod. Contraception. 12090834

Sexual health clinics plan

Seven new nurse-led clinics to improve access to sexual health services in the borough have been proposed by NHS and council bosses.

A person giving blood. Photo credit: Haydn West/PA Wire

Call to save lives by donating blood

Residents are being encouraged to start saving lives by becoming blood donors during National Blood Week,

Exhaust fumes

153 early deaths blamed on town’s air pollution

Toxic air pollution contributed to 153 early deaths in Wigan in 2010, a study has found.

Atherleigh Park

New psychiatric hospital’s AWOL record revealed

There were 11 incidents of patients going AWOL from the borough’s new psychiatric hospital in the first two months of its opening.

Mum-to-be Eloise tries out the new scanner

Hospital’s joy at high-tech gift

Wigan Infirmary’s maternity unit has been gifted a new, high-tech piece of kit for mums-to-be.

High Peak Lodge care home, Leigh

Nurse sacked for accepting cash gift

A medic at a care home in Leigh has been suspended for nine months after she accepted a £500 cheque from a terminally-ill resident.

Wigan Infirmary, where Paul Clegg died in 2010

Six nurses face discipline date

Six nurses will face a major disciplinary hearing in London later this month.

Voters would pay extra 1p tax for a better NHS

Voters would pay extra 1p tax for a better NHS

Two thirds of voters in the North West trust Labour more than any other party with the future of the NHS, according to a new survey.

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