People living in Wiltshire are being
advised not to let worries about coronavirus stop them asking for medical help
for themselves or their children if they become ill, have a serious accident or
have a concern about their health. They are also being warned that not seeking
medical help for symptoms that could be the early warning signs of serious
conditions such as cancer could be putting lives at risk.
“While it may seem that coronavirus has put
a stop to most aspects of everyday life, the one thing it hasn’t stopped is
what’s going on inside our bodies,” she says. “Now more than ever, we need to
pay attention to anything that isn’t normal and seek help early on. “For example, if you notice blood when
going to the toilet, or if you’ve found a lump that wasn’t there previously, or
if you’ve just noticed something odd that is causing you to worry, you need to
speak to your GP. “Should the symptom be the early warning
sign of something serious like cancer, that delay in seeking help could have
serious implications for how successful possible treatments may be.” Although GP practices across the region
have adopted new ways of working, such as establishing isolated clinics for
potential coronavirus patients, the practices themselves are still open to
offer care, treatment, advice and peace-of-mind.
The same also goes for emergency departments at the three hospitals in Bath, Swindon and Salisbury, all of which continue to be open 24 hours a day for people with a genuine and life-threatening health concern. Additionally, all healthcare facilities in the region, as well as those elsewhere in the country, have put in place stringent infection control measures to ensure that the risk of contracting coronavirus while visiting a hospital or GP surgery remains low.
· Details of which services continue to open, as well as how to get in contact, can be found online by visiting www.bswccg.nhs.uk
· Further information on how to stay well throughout the coronavirus outbreak can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19.
Notice Date: 01/05/2020