Hos­pi­tals more likely to ex­am­ine non-Covid pa­tients than be­fore

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Res­i­dents are now more likely to go to hos­pi­tal or their GP with non Covid-19 symp­toms than they were two weeks ago.

It fol­lows con­cern that peo­ple were avoid­ing seek­ing help for non-coro­n­avirus is­sues in or­der to ease pres­sure on the NHS.

The re­search, com­mis­sioned to sup­port the re­cently launched NHS is Open cam­paign, shows just over half of those sur­veyed stated they wouldn’t avoid go­ing to their GP prac­tice or a hos­pi­tal at the mo­ment, com­pared to 41 per cent a fort­night be­fore.

NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde told the Len­nox Her­ald the board has seen an in­crease in pa­tients com­ing for­ward with non-Covid 19 re­lated is­sues.

And they are urg­ing res­i­dents to con­tinue reach­ing out to the health ser­vice if they need to.

A spokes­woman said:“We un­der­stand the Covid-19 pan­demic may have made peo­ple anx­ious about ac­cess­ing health­care ser­vices in the same man­ner they would pre­vi­ously have done.

“We have seen an in­crease in un­sched­uled care at­ten­dances for non-Covid-19 re­lated is­sues in the past few weeks.

“It’s cru­cial that if peo­ple have symp­toms that are of sig­nif­i­cant con­cern and may re­flect an un­der­ly­ing se­ri­ous ill­ness such as can­cer, that they are as­sessed as quickly as is pos­si­ble.

“While the method of de­liv­ery may have changed, across acute, we are work­ing closely with primary care col­leagues to en­sure pa­tients are man­aged ap­pro­pri­ately and ef­fi­ciently.”

While around a third (34 per cent) agreed they would still de­lay at­tend­ing their GP or hos­pi­tal at the mo­ment, this fig­ure has fallen from 45 per cent be­fore the cam­paign be­gan.

Peo­ple who need im­me­di­ate med­i­cal as­sis­tance are be­ing urged to call their surgery, or 111 out of hours, and in emer­gen­cies to dial 999.

Dr Carey Lu­nan, a work­ing GP and Chair of the Royal College of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers in Scot­land, said:“The NHS is open and it’s en­cour­ag­ing to see that the cam­paign is get­ting the mes­sage across.

“How­ever, I want to re­it­er­ate that if it’s ur­gent, it’s ur­gent, and it is just as im­por­tant as ever for peo­ple to seek help if they have an ur­gent health con­cern, or are wor­ried about a po­ten­tial can­cer symp­tom.

“You are not be­ing a bur­den, it’s what the NHS is here for and we want to hear from you.”

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