Dr Eric Kelly, a local GP in Bassetlaw and Chair of NHS Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) explains that the NHS is still here to help you.
“NHS staff continue to go the extra mile for patients. However, it is also very important that patients and the public are aware that the majority of NHS services continue to operate as usual and want to reassure people that accessing NHS services for non-coronavirus medical issues is highly important. Both adults and children should attend 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.”
Bassetlaw doctors have advised that despite the enormous pressures and demands on NHS services during the Coronavirus outbreak, local NHS services remain open to care for patients in Bassetlaw which include GP Practices and Pharmacies. The health needs of our patients is of paramount importance and it is vital that patients continue to seek advice from health and care professionals such as GPs, nurses and pharmacists.
All practices and most branch practices in Bassetlaw remain open, but of course, the ways in which they are providing care and services has changed. This is in line with national guidance and important measures to keep patients and staff safe.
If a patient needs to see someone, they should contact their local practice where they will be assessed. This can take place either online or by telephone. If a patient needs to be seen in person and doesn’t have symptoms of Coronavirus, they will be seen in a safe environment. This is particularly important for patients that have more urgent health issues, such as suspected cancer symptoms or severe abdominal pain.
We want to reassure patients not be alarmed if your practice team are wearing personal protective equipment; its extra precaution to ensure that both you and the health professional stay safe during these times.
If a patient needs to be seen and has symptoms of Coronavirus or is self-isolating with someone else who has symptoms you will receive excellent care and your healthcare professional will explain how it will be delivered. There is also the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if you need medical help and advise or if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home or your condition gets worse.
For further information, please visit NHS Bassetlaw CCG’s website via http://www.bassetlawccg.nhs.uk/ for the latest information on Coronavirus and how to access NHS services for other urgent medical services. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter pages @BassetlawCCG.
During these unpresented times, we can all help reduce the spread of Coronavirus by staying at home, protect the NHS and help save lives.