Opinion: Your NHS is ready for you.

PUBLISHED: 08:30 02 May 2020

Dr Jagan John is encouraging people to use the NHS as usual.

Dr Jagan John is encouraging people to use the NHS as usual.

Mark Sepple

Coronavirus or Covid-19 has turned our worlds upside down, and everyone has been impacted one way or another.

I’d like to thank everyone for following social distancing guidelines and helping us to protect our NHS.

But my column this month is to encourage you to use the NHS as you usually would for any medical concern you may have. It’s open for business and here for you when you need it.

It’s really important that you contact your GP if you have any health concern. Even if you think it’s nothing - it’s better to be checked over and get the treatment you may need than to leave it. If you have a hospital appointment, it’s really important that you still go, unless you are told not to.

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Please also take your baby or child for their immunisations, as these important vaccines will protect against serious and potentially deadly illnesses and stop outbreaks in the community.

We understand that you may be concerned about attending your GP practice, but most GPs are now offering telephone or online assessments.

And if you need to be seen further by a GP or in hospital, these have been made safe for you to do so.

But if you need urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service, and if you cannot get help online, ring NHS 111. If it’s life-threatening, call 999.

Your NHS is ready for you if you need it. Keep safe and keep well.

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