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Man fakes medical emergency for free ride to hospital

A man faked a medical emergency to get a lift to hospital from paramedics, local ambulance workers have revealed.
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Persistent bloating can be a sign of ovarian cancer

Cancer signs ‘mistaken for dietary issue’

Women could be buying probiotic yoghurts instead of seeking medical health for a key symptom of cancer, a charity has warned.

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Wigan Infirmary

Health chiefs battle alarming rise in drug hospital admissions

Health chiefs say they are working hard to tackle an alarming rise in drug-related admissions the borough’s hospitals.

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Hindley Health Centre where the pharmacy is located.

"Red flag" system review following death of man

Borough healthcare providers have been ordered to review their "red flag" system after a prescription failure led to the death of a Wigan man.
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Fish cakes recalled over fears they contain pieces of metal

Fish cakes recalled over fears they contain pieces of metal

A major frozen food producer is recalling packets of fish cakes over fears they could contain pieces of metal and plastic.
Health
Doctors warn of "spike" in scarlet fever cases

Parents' scarlet fever warning

Residents are being urged to ensure they are vigilant in spotting the signs for Scarlet Fever after a rapid rise in the number of cases across Greater Manchester.

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Laura Black

Charity dinner at Leigh Sports Village for Teardrops in St Helens

The courage and inspiration of a young mum is behind a fund-raising drive in Leigh to raise cash for research in to Cystic Fibrosis and to help the homeless.
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Andrew Foster

Union’s ballot on Wigan hospitals reshuffle

Hospital staff are being asked by a union if they are happy with a controversial health reshuffle and if they would be happy to take strike action.

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A diabetes blood test

Outstanding diabetes care among country's best

Diabetes care in Wigan has been rated “outstanding”, making it one of the best areas in the country.

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Dr Sandeep Ranote

Bid to treat youngsters’ eating disorders faster

Action is being taken to improve the waiting times for treatment of young people in the borough with eating disorders.

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Leigh Infirmary

Concerns acknowledged over rehab unit move

Health bosses have acknowledged local concerns about a top-rated rehab service leaving the borough but remain optimistic about the move.

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The demo against NHS privatisation in Leigh

Residents stage demo against NHS privatisation

Borough residents hailed the NHS as “our greatest institution” after staging a protest to raise awareness of the threat of further privatisation.
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Health and fitness expert Ryan Donohue, of Fitness Formation, in Lancaster

How alcohol really affects your diet

As fitness professionals, one of the biggest aspects of our job role is to help to provide guidance on nutrition and this can often encroach on the subject of alcohol.
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The walk-in centre in Leigh

Seven-hour wait at borough's walk-in centre

Health bosses have apologised after patients reported waiting for up to seven hours to be seen at the borough’s walk-in centre.
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Cases of Aussie flu are increasingly spreading from Blackpool and the Flyde coast to the rest of Lancashire. (s)

Call to spot the signs of flu as cases rise in Lancashire

The NHS is warning people to be on the lookout for symptoms of the potentially deady "Aussie" flu following a rise in Lancashire cases.

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Health crisis

A&E ambulance waits soar to winter high in Christmas week

Delays in ambulances delivering patients to A&E departments in England have reached their highest level of the winter, new figures show, as hospitals struggle with mounting demands on their services.

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The patient got glitter in her eye when it rubbed off a Christmas card

Woman nearly blinded by Christmas card glitter

A woman was nearly blinded by a Christmas card when a piece of glitter worked its way into her eyeball.

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Wigan Infirmary

NHS hospitals told to cancel pre-planned operations

Hundreds of operations are to be cancelled at Wigan hospitals following a national directive.

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Women who want a private room after giving birth on the NHS can expect to pay up to 450 a night

NHS hospitals offer private rooms for new mothers at up to £450 a night

Women who want a private room after giving birth on the NHS can expect to pay up to £450 a night, an analysis has shown.

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One in three regularly plead with their partner to change their lifestyle

Millions of Brits fear for partners’ health

Three in four Brits are concerned about the health of their partner - due to stress and lack of exercise, according to research.

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