While You Wait

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant some operations and procedures have been postponed. The NHS is working hard to get people seen as quickly as possible.

If you (or someone you care for) are waiting on delayed medical care, you are likely to have concerns and questions.

The NHS in Greater Manchester is offering further information and advice, along with handy resources to help you manage your physical and mental wellbeing.

This includes:

  • How to stay as fit and healthy as possible while you wait for your treatment

  • Where to find any extra support online

  • Where to find further information about approximate waiting times at different hospitals

  • What to do if your condition deteriorates.

Due to Coronavirus, and the impact on our local hospitals, there are approximately 35,000 Wigan Borough residents on waiting lists for procedures.  We know that many of you have been waiting longer than both you and we would like for your elective care or treatment at the hospital.

The hospital, GP practices and everyone involved in your care are doing their best to reduce the waiting list and the waiting times for patients, whilst also supporting everyone whilst they are waiting.

Here we give you as much information as we can right now, and provide links to some things that may help you stay well whilst you are waiting for your procedure.

More helpful information is also available on the Greater Manchester While you Wait website.


Information is also available on the Healthier Wigan Partnership website.

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