Home Coronavirus: News and Advice NHS is Open for Business

NHS is Open for Business

by Jonathan Kearney

The NHS is urging people to continue to access their services if they are in need of medical attention.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a decrease in people accessing NHS services for a range of conditions that are not related to coronavirus.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began there has been a decrease in the number of people attending at A&E departments for urgent and emergency medical issues, including serious conditions such as stroke and heart attacks; cancer patients attending their ongoing treatments; and expectant mothers attending for regular scans.

But the NHS say it is vital people continue to access the help they need.

Ways to get in touch

  • If you need medical help from your GP practice, contact them either online, by an app or by phone to be assessed.
  • If you need urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service. If you cannot get help online, call 111.
  • If it’s a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 999
  • If you are told to go to hospital it is important that you go to hospital.
  • You should continue to attend your appointments, unless you have been told not to attend.

Routine vaccinations

  • It is important that you or your baby or child still have routine vaccinations. They protect against serious and potentially deadly illnesses and stop outbreaks in the community.
  • If the person needing vaccination has coronavirus symptoms or is self-isolating because someone in the household is displaying symptoms, please contact your GP practice for advice.

Cancer patients

Your clinician will discuss with you the benefits of starting or continuing your cancer treatment against the increased risks of contracting coronavirus.

Heart Attack Patients

If you think you or a family member are suffering with the symptoms of a heart attack you must dial 999 immediately.

Stroke Patients

If you think you or a family member are suffering with the symptoms of a stroke you must dial 999 immediately.

You can spot the symptoms of a stroke by using the FAST test:

  • Face – is the face drooping / fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
  • Speech – is it slurred?
  • Time to call 999 if you see any of the above signs

Pregnant Women

  • If you are pregnant it is important that you still attend your antenatal appointments and continue to seek advice from your midwife or maternity team.
  • If you are worried about your health or the health of your unborn baby, please contact your midwife or maternity team.