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More staff needed for ambulances

Ambulance service bosses are recruiting workers from abroad as they aim to tackle staffing problems.

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Dorothy Bowker, Jo Haynes and Caroline Davenport at The Bridge, the new name for Leigh Caring Kitchen

A new start for caring cafe

A community cafe serving unwanted food has reopened its doors - and looks set to be bigger and better.

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Mark Rigby, Chief Executive of CVS Business Rent

Trust chiefs face £290k business rates increase

Cash-strapped Wigan health chiefs will be forced to fork out an extra £290,000 in business rates over the next five years.

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Ambulances queuing outside Royal Preston Hospital. A queue of nine ambulances was spotted on Boxing Day, and paramedics reported a wait of up to 90 minutes to hand over patients

Ambulance service order to improve by inspectors

The region’s ambulance service has been ordered to improve its safety standards after an inspection.

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Call to review end-of-life care

Call to review end-of-life care

A national charity has asked the borough’s hospital bosses to request an independent review of end-of-life care after concerns about treatment.

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Women in labour are being made to ‘feel like cattle’

Women in labour are being made to ‘feel like cattle’

Women in labour are being made to feel like cattle or like they are on a conveyor belt due to midwife shortages, a new report warns.

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Polly Haydock

Cancer mum is given new hope of life

A mum given months to live has been given fresh hope of survival after undergoing experimental treatment abroad.

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Wigan Infirmary's A&E department

MP praises staff as NHS crisis grows

Wigan’s MP has praised Wigan’s hospital at a time when the NHS is facing an unprecedented crisis.

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NHS bill for swimming infections

It is always recommended that we teach our children to swim because it could be a life-saver.

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New year fitness crusade to save lives

New year fitness crusade to save lives

A major charity initiative is urging families across the North West to take action to combat the “January blues” by taking simple steps which will also help to protect their long-term physical health.

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Sign up for new campaign ‘One Year No Beer’ and get healthy

Sign up for new campaign ‘One Year No Beer’ and get healthy

One Year No Beer, a new alcohol-free challenge launches today and aims to encourage more people to give up drinking.

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Wigan Town Hall

Consultation on STI funding

Health officials tasked with tackling Wigan’s rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases are facing budget cuts and job losses, it has emerged.

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GM Mayoral candidate Andy Burnham meets Jim Lawrence, Sam Palmer and Conor McTomney of Wigan-based Trim Down Shape Up on a new campaign to fight obesity

MP joins war on obesity

Greater Manchester mayoral candidate Andy Burnham met some of the people working to help the region lose weight and be more healthy as a major campaign is launched to put obesity in the spotlight.

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Warren Done with some of the donated clothes, at Atherton and Leigh Shelter for HoPe (homeless people)

Winter refuge helping the homeless reopens

A volunteer-run night refuge getting homeless people off the streets during the coldest months of the year has opened its doors once more.

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Lisa Brabrook needs six operations to remove the excess skin

Fund-raising appeal to help teacher after dramatic weight loss

“You think when you lose that weight you have done it, but you haven’t. There are times I think I was better off before I lost the weight.”

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Terminally ill mum Polly Haydock with husband Dan, her mum Judith and children Darcy, 18, Emma, nine, and Alex, seven

Cancer mum’s charity bid reaches halfway point

A fund-raising campaign to pay for treatment for a terminally ill Wigan mum has passed the £200,000 mark.

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Hundreds of operations per day on children to remove multiple teeth

Hundreds of operations per day on children to remove multiple teeth

More than 160 operations to remove multiple teeth from children were carried out every working day in England last year, usually as a result of tooth decay, data suggests.

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Students are being urged to get vaccinated before they return to university

NW students urged to get Meningitis vaccine after surge in cases

A leading health body is urging unvaccinated first year students to get immunised against meningitis and septicemia after a recent surge in cases of the deadly diseases.

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Long A&E waits have DOUBLED for elderly people in last two years

Long A&E waits have DOUBLED for elderly people in last two years

Very long waits of more than 12 hours in A&E among elderly people have more than doubled in two years, figures show.

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Cyclist Mark creates once a day biking test

A charity fund-raiser will get on his bike to complete a gruelling cycling challenge for one of the biggest charities in the borough in 2017.

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