Healthwatch Wigan and Leigh will launch on Monday 1st April 2019 under a new provider.
Healthwatch is a national independent champion for people who use health and social care services.
It is the role of local Healthwatch organisations to listen to what people have to say about services and influence improvements in the way they are delivered locally.
It can also provide patients, carers and families with local information regarding their rights and health choices.
The new provider, being set up by Wigan Borough Community Partnership, wants to hear what health and social care issues are important to residents.
Throughout April and May Healthwatch Wigan and Leigh will be visiting venues across the borough to hear what local people think about services.
This will help to inform and shape the plan for its work over the next year.
Healthwatch works closely with health providers in the borough including Wigan Council, Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.
Trevor Barton MBE, chair of the Wigan Borough Community Partnership said: “We are excited about the future of Healthwatch. Over the next couple of months they’d love to hear from as many local people as possible to gather views on local services which will help shape the plan for the borough.”
Cllr Keith Cunliffe, deputy leader of Wigan Council and cabinet member for health and social care, said: “We’re looking forward to working with Healthwatch Wigan and Leigh to hear what matters most to residents and will use their feedback to improve local services.”
In September 2016 Healthwatch Bolton won the contract to deliver Healthwatch Wigan and Leigh. This contract has now expired.For more information about Healthwatch visit www.healthwatch.co.uk