Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust (Bridgewater) is a leading provider of community health services in the north west of England.

About us

We provide high quality community and specialist services to 831,270 people living in:

  • Ashton, Leigh and Wigan
  • Halton and St Helens
  • Warrington

Community Dental (provides services in all of the above areas plus Bolton, Tameside, Trafford, Glossop, Stockport and western Cheshire)

Services closer to home

The majority of our services are delivered in patients’ homes or at locations close to where they live, such as clinics, health centres, GP practices, community centres and schools.

As a provider of both mainstream and specialist care our role is to focus on providing cost effective NHS care by keeping people out of hospital and supporting vulnerable people throughout their lives.

As a dedicated provider of community services our strategy is to bring more care closer to home – this means providing a wider range of services in community settings to keep people healthier for longer and developing more specialist services to support people to live independently at home.

We employ 3,400 staff and have an income of £140 million which comes from our commissioners, who include Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS England and local authorities.

Foundation Trust

We plan to become a Foundation Trust during 2014 and will use our position as a Foundation Trust to transform the provision of healthcare for our communities.

We will involve patients and local people in our decisions about the services we provide and where they are delivered – you can become a member now.

Our services at a glance

Child Health: health visiting, school nursing, child development centres, complex needs, safeguarding, child and adolescent mental health, children’s community therapy.

Health and Wellbeing: stop smoking, weight management, health trainers, sexual health.

Urgent Care: walk in centres, district nurses (including out of hours), GP out of hours, intermediate care, home-based intravenous therapy.

Long Term Conditions: community neurosciences, continence, community matrons, services for people with diabetes, stroke, respiratory and heart problems.

Specialist Services: dermatology, orthopaedic and musculo-skeletal, podiatry, cancer and palliative care, wheelchairs and equipment, community physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, learning disabilities and fall prevention.

Offender Health: services in prisons and young offender institutions in our area – HM Young Offenders Institute Hindley, HM Prison Risley and HM Prison Thorn Cross.

Dental: oral health promotion, specialist dental services for people with physical and learning disabilities, lookeing after children and those with anxiety issues.