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Supporting you while you wait for hospital treatment

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The COVID-19 pandemic has meant some operations and procedures have been postponed, leading to understandable concern for those waiting. The NHS is working hard to get people seen as quickly as possible.

If you (or someone you care for) are waiting on delayed medical care, you are likely to have concerns and questions. This page aims to provide further information and advice, along with handy resources, to help you manage your physical and mental wellbeing while waiting for hospital care.  We`ll be updating this over the coming weeks with up to date information.


Free Support Service While You Wait for Surgery

For all patients on the waiting list for surgery at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust there is a specialist free help and support initiative called While You Wait.

You do not need a referral from your consultant, or GP, and can register on-line with the Viaduct Wellbeing and Self Care Service, which is part of the initiative for people on the local hospital waiting list.

Viaduct Wellbeing and Self Care Service offers non-medical support for people on the waiting list for surgery to help improve their mental and physical health as well as their wellbeing. It also offers support with long term physical health conditions and can people get in touch with local community and support groups in their area.

They offer a variety of support from help with shopping for groceries and prescriptions through to basic daily needs or support with self-isolation and mental health.

You do not need a referral from your consultant, or GP, and can register on-line with the Viaduct Wellbeing and Self Care Service if you are registered with a Stockport GP. 

You can register for yourself, or on behalf of another person, and the service is open to everyone on a waiting list at the Trust.  

It just takes a few minutes to add in your details such as name and address. Don’t worry if you haven’t got your NHS number to hand as your registration can still be completed. You’ll be asked for a little bit of information of what help and support you may be interested in.

Click on the link here to register 

To find out more about the While You Wait initiative across Greater Manchester and to access information if you are waiting for surgery at another hospital in Greater Manchester please go to:










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