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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 on the Greater Manchester While you Wait website.

While You Wait contains great resources to help you look after your physical and mental wellbeing while you wait for care and treatment. It will also guide you on where you might find extra support.

You will find:

•  How to stay as fit and healthy as possible while you wait for your treatment and how to prepare for surgery
• Information and support to look after your mental health
• Support and advice on managing pain
• Information on long term conditions
• What to do if your condition deteriorates
• Information on eating well and maintaining a healthy weight
• Answers to patients frequently asked questions


The website has been updated to provide accessibility and language support. By clicking “accessibility tools” at the top of the page you can access a toolbar that enables you to translate content into over 100 languages, text to speech functionality, reading aids and styling options. You can also adjust colour, font type and size.

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.


Information is also available on the Healthier Wigan Partnership website.

Link to Royal Albert Edward Infirmary page
Royal Albert
Edward Infirmary
Link to Wrightington Hospital page
Link to Leigh Infirmary page
Link to Thomas Linacre Centre page
Thomas Linacre
Link to Community Care Locations page
Link to Patient Advice & Liaison Service page
Patient Advice
& Liaison Service

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