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Protect yourself

The government has stated that taking care of your health is important and attending medical appointments is important during this lockdown.

If you have a booked appointment, a scan, a test or planned surgery, then it's important to keep that appointment.Image: NHS nurse

People with mental health issues are also been encouraged to access NHS support.

The NHS has learned over the last eight months how to safely run face to face healthcare appointments in a world with Coronavirus. Appropriate social distancing, appropriate PPE and appropriate infection control measures are all in place.

If your pre existing condition should worsen while you are awaiting treatment please call your GP or the appropriate hospital team for advice as soon as possible. Should you require urgent medical care please access 111.nhs.uk or call 111 immediately. People with potentially life-threatening illnesses or injuries are still being advised to contact 999.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has symptoms, DO NOT visit your GP or the hospital. Instead, people with symptoms should self-isolate and book a test at a local designated testing centre, or order a home testing kit by calling 119 or by visiting the NHS COVID-19 testing website.

The NHS has also launched a campaign urging anyone concerned about cancer to get checked and to keep routine appointments, as new research found that even now, nearly half (48 per cent) of the public would delay or not seek medical help at all.

A fifth (22 per cent) would not want to be a burden on the health service while a similar number said that fear of getting coronavirus or passing it onto others was a major reason for not getting help.

More than four in ten people would leave it longer to get health advice than they normally would have before the coronavirus outbreak, however delaying can have serious consequences for some cancers.

NHS staff have pulled out all the stops to keep cancer services going throughout the pandemic, with almost one million people referred for checks or starting treatment since the virus took hold.

England’s top GP says that people should not hesitate to get help and that waiting could have serious consequences for patients.

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and medical director for primary care in England said: Alongside treating 110,000 people with coronavirus, NHS staff have gone to great lengths to make sure that people who do not have COVID can safely access services.

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