Patients urged to avoid ‘extremely busy’ A&E

The A&E at Wigan Infirmary

The A&E at Wigan Infirmary

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RESIDENTS are being warned to stay away from A&E unless it is a genuine emergency.

The A&E at Wigan Infirmary is currently experiencing high levels of demand and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust is urging the public not to visit the department unless they have been involved in an accident or it’s a life threatening emergency.

Mary Fleming, Acting Director of Operations, said: “The A&E department at Wigan Infirmary is extremely busy and we are anticipating this continuing into the weekend.

“Everyone will benefit if we can give urgent and emergency care to the people most in need. We are therefore appealing to the public to think twice and make sure they choose the right service for minor illnesses, ailments and injuries.

“The public should only attend A&E if they have a serious health condition or in a genuine emergency.”

The trust said the health agencies throughout the borough are currently dealing with rise in demands but they want to ensure all patients receive the right care, at the right time and in the right location.

They are warning that A&E is not the right choice for minor conditions and that people should consider all of the healthcare options available to you before coming.

Self-medicate where appropriate, make an appointment with your GP, attend the Walk-in Centre at Leigh, or speak to your local pharmacist.

You can also book an appointment to see a GP or Nurse until 8pm weekdays and between 10am and 4pm at the weekend.

Registered Wigan Borough patients can call 01942 482848 and book an appointment.

If you need non-emergency medical help outside of your GP opening hours, please contact the Out-of-Hours service on 01942 829911.