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Heartfelt thanks paid as residents’ support means hospital unit is ready to go

A much-loved heart doctor has thanked residents for supporting his campaign to further improve facilities at the borough’s cardiac unit.

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Mental health patients in crisis waiting too long for help

Mental health patients in crisis waiting too long for help

One in 10 mental health patients discharged from hospital after suffering a crisis has to wait more than a week for a follow-up appointment, according to new figures out today.

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Three-year-old Harry Howard's cancer was misdiagnosed as growing pains by three different health officials in Wigan. 

Pictured with mum Helen

Doctors miss son’s cancer three times

A Wigan mum was left in despair after her toddler’s cancer was misdiagnosed as growing pains an incredible THREE times.

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The CQC rated Wigan and Leigh Hospice as Oustanding

Inspection success for hospice staff

Staff at the borough’s hospice are celebrating after the national care watchdog gave it the highest-possible rating of Outstanding.

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NHS England warns of bogus text message scam

NHS England warns of bogus text message scam

Members of the public are being warned not to fall for a text scam, where messages are claimed to be from the NHS.
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Derian House admin team members Fran Lees and Kirsty Yates, Sarah Collier from supporters Napthens Solicitors and admin team member Sue Seddon.

Super Easter knitting skills at Derian House

Easter chicks have been flying off the shelves at Derian House Children’s Hospice, helping them towards its £3.85m fund-raising target in 2017.
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Act now to help curb those miserable sneezing months

Act now to help curb those miserable sneezing months

This week, I am actually going to explore the possibility of preventing hay fever!

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Mum Megan Stringer with Jessica

My daughter may die due to funds axe

A mum has made an emotional plea for health bosses to have an urgent re-think on a policy that could block her daughter receiving vital treatment.

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Dementia Friends and support workers from Wigan Central Day Centre, Jackie Taylor, left, and Susan Speakman, right, try out twiddle muffs

Call to diagnose dementia as we would cancer

Dementia campaigners are demanding the condition gets the same treatment from medics as cancer.

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Daniel Dowd, from Wigan Council, hands a certificate to Joe Cunliffe who helped to design the Autism Friends logo

Looking at autism in a different way

A new programme which encourages people to think differently about autism has been unveiled by Wigan Council during a special event dedicated to the condition.

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Keep fit avoidance shock

Keep fit avoidance shock

One in four adults gets less than 30 minutes of exercise a week, with women more likely to be inactive, a new report shows.

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Ambulance handover target at hospital missed

Ambulance handover target at hospital missed

Three in 10 patients arriving at Wigan’s A&E by ambulance had to wait more than 30 minutes to be handed over to hospital staff.

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Plea to MPs to join march against cuts

Plea to MPs to join march against cuts

Wigan and Leigh MPs and councillors are being called to join a campaign against “devastating” NHS funding cuts.

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Les Hilton

Les strums his way to stroke recovery

Half of a popular Wigan folk duo has returned to the stage - just months after suffering a stroke.

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Locum doctors are "essential"

Health bosses work to cut over spending on locums

Wigan health chiefs are trying to tackle rising employment costs after figures revealed that the borough is still overspending on agency staff.

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Women are being invited to a unique photoshoot to normalise breastfeeding

Focusing on making every feed count

A photoshoot with a difference will take place at the weekend - to highlight the beauty of breastfeeding.

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Carl Waldie after swapping tv and take-always for gym sessions and healthy eating

Super slimmer Carl loves his new look

Lorry driver Carl Waldie not only has an impressive new look, he also has an even more impressive new lifestyle.

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From left, mum-to-be Rebecca Butler and husband Ian with a baby box, pictured with health visitor Katy Warriner at the launch of the Baby Box initiative

Baby boxes could help to save lives

New parents in the borough are being given a helping hand to care for their babies.

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Wigan Infirmary's A&E department

17 HOURS - the long wait to be seen during A&E crisis

Shock new figures have revealed that at the height of the A&E crisis patients were waiting up to 17 hours for treatment at Wigan Infirmary.

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Michael Brady, 64, who was diagnosed with stage one lung cancer after being checked at a mobile CT scanner

Shopping scan saves lives

Health chiefs say putting mobile CT scanners in shopping centre car parks could quadruple the number of people whose lung cancer is caught early.

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