Hospitals more likely to examine non-Covid patients than before
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.”