Healthwatch Wigan & Leigh – August Newsletter

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Among the items in this edition are:-

Local Lockdown Restrictions 

An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, and West Yorkshire, affecting the Wigan Borough. The COVID-19 restrictions have now changed for Wigan residents. Find out more in our article.

Interested in joining an online workshop?

Is your child waiting to see, currently seeing, or has recently finished seeing a professional in the last 12 months to help them with their emotional and mental health? We want to hear about YOUR experiences.
For more information, please contact Karen Wilson:
Telephone: 01942 834666
Email: [email protected]

Complete the survey:

Any information you share with us will be used anonymously in a report that will be shared with the people that provide and those who commission children and young people’s mental health services in the Wigan Borough. 

Supporting a young person’s mental health during COVID-19

It’s always important to look after our mental health, as well as the mental health of our families. If you’re a parent or carer of a child or young person with a mental health problem, this can also affect your own mental health and wellbeing. Read our article for information, advice, and support.

Do you live in Ashton, Lowton or Golborne?

Have you recently tried to make an appointment at your local GP practice?
We want to hear about YOUR views and experiences.
If you would like to participate and help us gain insight into GP services during the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact Lisa Armstrong:
Telephone: 01942 834666
Mobile: 07939061872
Email: [email protected]

Better Health 

The new Better Health campaign, unveiled by the government as part of their Obesity Strategy, is encouraging adults to adopt healthy lifestyle changes. We’ve put together some information about this groundbreaking campaign and how local residents can make healthier choices.

Share your experiences of care homes

Have you or a loved one lived in a care home during 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic?
Healthwatch Wigan & Leigh is working in partnership with Wigan Council to collect the experiences of residents, families and staff in care homes across the Wigan Borough during the coronavirus outbreak so we can recognise and celebrate the work of care homes in this difficult time.
If you’d like to participate, please contact Karen Wilson:
Telephone: 01942 834666
Mobile: 07939061829
Email: [email protected]


#BecauseWeAllCare is a new national campaign to encourage giving feedback on health and social care in order to help the NHS improve its services during the pandemic. Play your part and take just five minutes to share your experience in Healthwatch England’s short, confidential survey.

Volunteer with us!

Are you interested in getting involved in our upcoming engagements events? We need our volunteers to help to connect with as many people as possible!
For more information, please contact Lisa Armstrong:
Telephone: 01942 834666
Mobile: 07939061872
Email: [email protected]

Take part in our hospital discharge project

To make room for the sudden need for more beds, the NHS changed the way it discharges people from hospital. We want to hear your experiences if you or someone you care for has recently been discharged from a hospital in the Wigan Borough.
This feedback will be used to help the NHS plan how people leave hospital now and in future busy periods.
To participate, you can contact us directly or take part in one of our quick and confidential surveys:

Read our latest reports

Want to know what we’ve been working on recently? To read our latest reports, click on the links below:

For further information on any of the above go to

Call: 01942 834666between the hours of 09:30 – 16:00 Monday to Friday.

Post: Ashland House, Dobson Park Way, Ince-in-Makerfield, Wigan, WN2 2DX

Email: [email protected]