Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group is the statutory body responsible for commissioning local health services in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan.

 At NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), we are responsible for choosing and buying local health services to meet the needs of the 323,000 patients in the Borough, including local hospital services, GP services, community services, mental health services and more.

In Wigan Borough we have 63 GP Practices.  We held a consultation over December and January.  The consultation closed on the 1st February.  The report can be found below.

Following the consultation, our Governing Body took the decision to keep all the practices open.  A procurement process is now underway.


These 7 practices are:

  • Dr Alistair:
    2 branches at:
    Ashton Clinic, Queen’s Avenue
    Kidglove House, Kidglove Road 

    Intrahealth Atherton & Tyldesley
    2 branches at:
    Omerod House, Nelson Street
    Tyldesley Health Centre, Poplar Street

    Intrahealth Ince & Platt Bridge
    2 branches at:
    Claire House, Pheonix Way
    Platt Bridge Health Centre, Rivington Avenue

    Intrahealth Leigh Sports Village
    1 branch at:
    Leigh Sports Village, Leigh

    Intrahealth Leigh Sports Village Family Practice
    1 branch at:

    Leigh Sports Village, Leigh

    Intrahealth Marsh Green
    1 branch at:
    Marsh Green Medical Practice, Harrow Road

    Leigh Family Practice
    3 branches at:
    Bridgewater Medical Centre, Henry Street
    Higher Folds, Richmond Drive
    Wigan Road, Leigh 

These practices are different from the other practices in the Borough because they are on a different type of contract: the APMS (Alternative Provider Medical Services) contract.  Most practices in the Borough are on the GMS (General Medical Services) contract.

There are several differences between the two types of contract (see our website for more information on the differences), but there are two important elements of APMS contracts that are the main reasons why we are reviewing the future of these 7 practices:

  •  APMS contracts are for a set length of time and have an end date.  They were started in 2007 and we are at the end date. That means that legally we must review the contracts.
  • APMS contracts are agreed locally between us, the commissioner, and the practice, the provider.  We need to understand if we still need those practices to do what we originally contracted them to do or whether the needs of the areas have changed.  

We now need to decide what the future of these practices will be.  The responses from the consultation will help to inform our decision by making sure we understand what is important to the people who may be affected by the decision and what their needs are.  

The groups of people who may be affected are:

  • The patients at these practices – approximately 28,000
  • The staff at these practices
  • The family and carers of patients at these practices
  • The staff, patients, families and carers at practices nearby
  • Local residents who may want to use these services in the future.

It was important that we had discussions and got feedback from these groups, but we also welcomed feedback and discussion with anyone who wished to engage with us as part of the consultation.

The information from the consultation can be found below.


Consultation Report

Consultation Information


Consultation Questionnaire - For information only, this is what we asked

Online Questionnaire - Closed


What it means for your practice

Dr Alistair

Intrahealth Atherton and Tyldesley

Intrahealth Ince and Platt Bridge

 Intrahealth Leigh Sports Village & LSV Family Practice

Intrahealth Marsh Green

Leigh Family Practice


What the impact is on different Equality Characteristics

There are 9 protected characteristics: age, gender, sexual orientation, marraige and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, disability, religion and belief, race, and gender reassignment.

We have done a first review of the impact this work may have on people with these characteristics.  We have done more work throughout the consultation and will be updating this as a result.  If you have anything to add, please do let us know.


Useful Information

Here is some extra information


Engagement So Far

To get to this point we have undertaken stakeholder and patient engagement.  Below is feedback and information on the different engagement sessions we have held.

The following engagement sessions were different.  At these engagement sessions - 1 workshop and 2 panels - we agreed the options and criteria.



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