There are a number of different ways to access community services. Most need a referral from a GP or another health professional. Services that you can access without a GP or specialist referral are listed below:
- Single point of access –There is a single referral phone number that can be used to access Wigan Borough community services 01942 822643.
- Macmillan Allied Health Professionals Team – We are health professionals who have undertaken specialised training to provide care for patients who are living with cancer and / or other life limiting diseases.
- Walk -In Centre – Offers fast and convenient access to advice, information and treatment by experienced nurses. The centre offers treatment for minor illnesses and injuries.
- WWL Community Patient Booking Line – 01942 483483
Please find below a list of local community services and, where possible, links to further information:
The blood transfusion team are experienced community nurses with the knowledge and skills to deliver blood transfusions in a home environment, including nursing and residential homes.
Cardiac (Heart) Services
Cardiac Rehabilitation – Service providing Multi-disciplinary support for patients who have suffered a myocardial infarction (heart attack).
Echocardiography Service – Offers Echocardiography (scans of the heart) in a more accessible Community setting.
Heart Failure Service – Providing high quality information and advice for newly diagnosed heart failure patients.
Community Response Team (CRT) – Urgent Multi-professional team.
Complex Care Service – Multi-professional team helping individuals to manage one or more complex or long-term conditions.
Providing specialist clinical advice, guidance and support with regards to controlling movements of the bowels and bladder.
Dermatology & Lymphoedema
Dermatology – Providing nurse-led outpatient clinics for adults and children with Eczema and Psoriasis.
Lymphoedema – Multi-disciplinary teams of nurses and occupational therapists providing assessment and treatment for patients with swellings related lymphatic issues.
Tissue Viability Service – Providing specialist expert advice and care to patients suffering with trauma injury, pressure ulcers and other soft tissue wounds.
Diabetes Community Services – Providing a nurse-led comprehensive service for patients with Type 2 diabetes to control their glucose levels.
Diabetes My Way – A website created for people with diabetes and those at risk living in Greater Manchester. Free online education and self-management support.
Health Outreach & Wellbeing
Community Health Development Team – Carrying out holistic assessments and treatments to improve physical and social wellbeing.
Health Outreach and Inclusion – Providing health advice and support to empower homeless and vulnerable people to gain control over their own health and wellbeing.
Hospital to Home (Homeless team) – Joint project to ensure homeless patients on discharge from hospital get the support they need.
Sexual Health Service -This is a confidential drop-in or appointment service for anybody requiring contraceptive or sexual health advice or treatment based at Leigh Walk-in Centre, The Avenue, Leigh, WN7 1HR Tel: 01942 483586
Hospital at Home – Service providing urgent nursing care for patients in a home environment, including nursing and residential homes.
Hospice in your Home – Providing care and support for end of life (palliative) patients in their own home.
Specialist Palliative Care Team – Clinic based service at Wrightington Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.
Musculoskeletal and Bone Services
Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service -This service assesses and treats patients with disorders and injuries of the bones and muscles.
Fracture Liaison Service – The aim of the Fracture Liaison Service is to promote information about bone health and osteoporosis in Wigan Borough
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Service – Clinic based service available in numerous sites across the Borough offering specialist advice, support and rehabilitation for people with bone and muscle conditions.
Neuro & Learning
Community Neuro Team – A multi-disciplinary team of experienced health professionals providing highly specialist neurological (nervous system) advice, support and/or rehabilitation for individuals and their families.
Community Learning Disability Team -The team provide healthcare support to enable people to live independently, manage their own health needs and stay safe and well within the local community.
Nursing & Matrons
Community Matrons – Provide co-ordination of care for individuals with complex or long-term conditions.
District Nursing Service -Provide care to patients who have a short-term nursing needs, require nursing care following a hospital discharge, have a long term condition or a terminal illness.
District Nursing Treatment Room – For patients who are able to leave their home and for who it is clinically appropriate to do so.
Respiratory & TB
Respiratory Team -This service manages a wide range of breathing-related difficulties, providing both emergency and planned services. Covering specialties such as; Lung cancer, Tuberculosis (TB), Bronchiectasis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Tuberculosis Service – Led by Specialist Nurses, they work in collaboration with the respiratory consultant at Wrightington Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust in the control and prevention of Tuberculosis and other Mycobacterial infections in the Wigan Borough.
Therapy, Counselling & Moving
Community Therapy and Falls team – Multi-professional community-based team providing advice, support and rehabilitation for people with a wide variety of physical conditions.
Falls Prevention Service – Support aimed at reducing the likelihood of falls.
Adult Community Speech & Language – Advice and intervention for dysphagia in the oral and pharyngeal stages only e.g. patients who have a neurological condition e.g. CVA/TIA, Parkinson’s disease, Dementia, Head Injury
Community Counselling Service – Offers one to one assessment and counselling for patients over 16 years of age registered with Wigan Borough GPs. The service is provided by a team of qualified counsellors.
Think Wellbeing – NHS therapy for adults age 16 and over with common mental health problems like mild to moderate depression, anxiety and stress. This service is run by North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and you will need to be registered with a Wigan GP.
The Intermediate Care Therapy Team – Consists of registered Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists & Therapy Assistants. Providing intermediate care within Alexandra Court & Richmond House aimed at maximising function and independence and facilitating and supporting patients to return to their own homes.
Community Podiatry – Providing assessment, advice and treatment on a range of foot, leg and hip related problems.
Wheelchair Service – Assessment and issue of wheelchairs and pressure relieving cushions.