Your Local Consumer Champion for Health and Social Issues
What is Healthwatch Wigan & Leigh?
We are your local consumer champion for health and social care. We are open to all members of the community. We want to hear what you think of local health and social care services so that we can influence improvements in the way health and social care is provided locally.
What does Healthwatch Wigan & Leigh do?
Signposting and Information Service
Healthwatch Wigan & Leigh provides patients, carers, their families and any member of the local community with clear, straightforward and up-to-date information regarding their rights and choices in health and social care.
Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Healthwatch Wigan and Leigh are following central government advise along with Public Health England, NHS England and Healthwatch England regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Galleries office within Wigan Town Centre will be closed, however you can still contact all staff members on the following details
Telephone contact number: 01942 834666
Email contact: [email protected]
General Guidance from NHS England and Public Health England about the Coronavirus
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms. Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. Government guidance advises they will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.
Read the NHS advice about staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
What’s the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK?
The NHS and Public Health England are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public to high. Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.
What’s the risk of coronavirus to travellers?
There are some countries and areas where there’s a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus. If you have arrived back to the UK from abroad, please follow the advice for returning travellers.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
How to avoid catching or spreading germs?
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
How to self-isolate if you’re asked to
If there’s a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate).
This means you should:
- stay at home
- not go to work, school or public places
- not use public transport or taxis
- ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
- try to avoid visitors to your home – it’s OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food
You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.
NHS England had produced a list of common questions about coronavirus, covering advice for you and your family, how it’s caught and spread, prevention, self-isolation, testing and treatment and foreign travel.