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.
CHRISTMAS PERIOD OPENING TIMES
The Healthwatch Wigan and Leigh office will close from 2pm on Friday, 20th December and will re-open at 9am Monday, 6th January 2020.
We would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.
We have provided some useful contact numbers to help you to access advice or treatment to help you stay well over the Christmas and New Year holiday.
- Samaritans 116 123 (24-hour, free and confidential) Offering a safe place for you to talk anytime – www.samaritans.org
- Papyrus 0800 068 41 41 (10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends and bank holidays) Prevention of young suicide – papyrus-uk.org
- CALM helpline (for men) 0800 58 58 58 (seven days a week, 5pm to midnight) Support, information and signposting for men anywhere in the UK – www.thecalmzone.net
- Self-care coughs, colds and other minor illnesses will gradually get better on their own, and can be treated with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest.
- NHS 111. Call 111 for healthcare advice that is fast, easy and free. You can also get answers to hundreds of health questions at: nhs.uk
- Pharmacists (chemists). A great source of healthcare advice and information. Pharmacists are experts in medicines and will help you decide if you need to see a doctor.
- GPs will help if you have an illness or injury that won’t go away or any long-standing conditions. Other examples may include vomiting, ear pain, stomach ache and backache.
- Walk-in centres provide consultations, advice and treatment for new minor injuries and illnesses.
- A&E or 999 For life-threatening situations and emergencies, such as chocking, chest pain, severe difficulty breathing, blacking out and blood loss.