Knowsley residents concerned about cancer symptoms can now access expert advice more easily.
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has set up a telephone call centre for people to speak directly to a specialist nurse if they have concerns.
People concerned about cancer can discuss their symptoms and will be offered advice on the next steps to take.
John McCabe, Consultant Surgeon, said: “We want to hear from you if you are worried. It is vital that during the Coronavirus pandemic we don’t ignore symptoms that may be a sign of something that needs urgent attention. Cancer services are still going ahead at our hospitals and we want to make sure that people are having the tests they need and any treatment required as soon as possible.”
If you require a visit to a specialist quickly it can be arranged over the phone.
Steven Treadell, 60, from Huyton, was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. He said: “When I turned 60 I got one of the tests through the post where you have to send a small sample of poo to be tested. Unfortunately it came back saying I needed further investigations. I had the tests and then within two weeks I was being treated at Whiston Hospital. I had my appointment on the Friday and surgery on the Saturday to remove the cancer.”
You can ring the advice line on 01744 646 222, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.