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Choose Well During Junior Doctors Changeover

Newsdate: 3 August 2016

From Thursday of this week sees our Junior Doctors changeover, where we will be welcoming a host of new junior doctors to our A&E department. During this transitional period, they will be trained in how to use our new Health Information System, which recently went live.

We are therefore requesting the public’s support during this time. By reducing unnecessary attendances at A&E, we can make sure these doctors have the necessary time required to familiarise themselves with our systems, to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients. We remain grateful to the public for their support.

Mary Fleming, Director of Operations, said, “We would like to continue to urge the public to make the right choice for their care.

“Unnecessary attendances at A&E can put a huge strain on the system, leading to delays in care for people who really need it. With the public’s support, we can ensure that our attention is strongly focussed on those who require the most urgent care.”

There are many different ways that people can get the right care at the right time:

Extended GP service: 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 thorough this service.

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

Walk-in Centre: For treatment of cuts, bruises, minor infections, stomach upsets, strains and skin complaints, without an appointment. Leigh Health Centre, The Avenue, Leigh, WN7 1HR. Tel 01942 483453.

Pharmacists are experts in providing medical information and advice, including coughs, colds, wheezing and minor ailments. You can just drop in to see your pharmacist and many have private consultation areas.  They can also advise on any over the counter remedies available and, if you need specialist medical advice, can point you in the right direction.

The NHS 111 service for non-emergency medical help. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is staffed by fully trained advisors and experienced clinicians.

For serious medical emergencies, such as chest pain, stroke, severe abdominal pain, severe bleeding, severe breathing difficulties, major broken bones and serious head injuries, go to the emergency department or dial 999.