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While you wait

The Greater Manchester (GM) While You Wait website contains great resources on looking after your physical and mental wellbeing while you wait for care and treatment. It can also guide you to where you might find extra support online.

We are thrilled to announce that we now provide accessibility and language support on our website. By clicking “accessibility tools” at the top of the page you can access the toolbar that enables you to translate content into over 100 languages, text to speech functionality, reading aids and styling options. This includes adjustments to colour, font type and size.

Some of the information you can find on While You Wait includes:

  • How to stay as fit and healthy as possible while you wait for your treatment and how to prepare for surgery
  • Information and support to look after your mental health
  • Support and advice on managing pain
  • Information on long term conditions
  • What to do if your condition deteriorates
  • Information on eating well and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Answers to patients frequently asked

Find out more at whileyouwait.org.uk

Local support

These information below has support details from local organisations while you wait for your treatment. 

Whilst you are waiting to be seen, there are many ways you can help to stay as physically and mental fit as possible, and prepare you for your treatment. Keeping fit and well is essential to your physical and mental wellbeing, it can also speed up your recovery after surgery. If your condition start to get a bit worse, please do let your GP or consultant know. Body and mind cartoon graphic

Salford has many services to help people look after their mind and body.

Mental health & wellbeing

Adult mental health & wellbeing offer

CYP mental health & wellbeing offer

Physical health offer

Salford has a rich and diverse collection of community support groups and charities that are able to offer you help and support if you need it. Here are a few community services for Salford patients.

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Salford Community Leisure provide a range of activities as part of their Active Lifestyles Programme including:

  • Healthy Hips and Hearts
  • Weight Management
  • Exercise on Referral
  • Cancer Rehabilitation (Can-Move)
  • Salford Wellbeing Walks

If you are interested and require further information, please contact a member of Salford Community Leisure's Active Lifestyles team by calling 0161 778 0577 or email active.lifestyles@scll.co.uk.

Salford Health Improvement Service

Health Improvement Connect programme offers support for individuals and families looking to get more active, lose weight, healthy eating and stop smoking. 

All this support can be accessed by ringing 0800 952 1000 (option 2) 9am to 4.40pm Monday to Friday or by emailing health.improvement@salford.gov.uk.

Salford CVS

Salford CVS is the city-wide infrastructure organisation for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector; providing specialist information, advice, development support and opportunities for influence and collaboration. We provide support for organisations to establish and develop including training for their staff, volunteers and trustees.

You can contact them by emailing office@salfordcvs.co.uk.


Healthwatch Salford are the independent champion for people who use health and social care services in Salford.

You can contact them by emailing info@healthwatchsalford.co.uk.

Support groups in Salford

Healthcare support graphicYour local NHS is still here to support you, and there are many different services that may be of use whilst you wait. Many of these services are available through your GP practice. 



Hospital appointments and waiting lists are looked after by each hospital department.

Waiting times will depend on what treatment you are waiting for and your individual needs.

The list of people waiting changes daily and it is very hard to tell you how long you will have to wait. You can find approximate waiting times at your local hospital on the Greater Manchester While You Wait website.

The website also has the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Your GP won’t be able to help you get seen any quicker as your GP does not have access to hospital appointment or waiting list systems.

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All NHS organisations have a Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS Team) which offers confidential advice, support and information on health-related matters. They can help to sort out your issues.

PALS teams can also advise you how to make a complaint.

Salford Royal Hospital

More details about the PALS team at Salford Royal Hospital, including how to contact the them, is on the trust's website.

NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

You can find more information here on the NHS Salford CCG's Patient Advice and Liasion Service website or email them at SALCCG.PatientServices@nhs.net.