The latest NHS ‘Help Us Help You’ campaign is encouraging people to continue to seek urgent care and treatment during the coronavirus pandemic.
The campaign has been launched in response to concerns that some people are, risking their long-term health and their lives by delaying getting treatment due to coronavirus fears.
It provides reassurance that the NHS is still there for patients who need urgent and emergency services for stroke, heart attack, and other killer conditions – and that measures have been put in place to ensure people can access services safely.
Residents are encouraged that if they need medical help, the NHS is still there for them. They can still contact their GP, visit the NHS 111 online service, if you are told you need to go to hospital, you need to go and that you should continue to attend your appointments, unless you’ve been told not to go.
Seeking medical help is one of the four reasons that people can safely leave home, in line with government guidance.
The NHS is also asking residents who use vital services such as cancer screening and care, maternity appointments and mental health support, to continue to access these services as they usually would.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “The NHS is very much open to people who need it. If you develop any symptoms such as sudden weight loss, a change to a mole or you notice a lump, it’s really important that if you seek medical help (as you would normally) by contacting your GP in the first instance. It’s also important that if you are receiving cancer treatment, you are pregnant or receiving mental health support that you keep to your appointments.”
For health advice and information, visit www.nhs.uk.