WEST Lancashire residents are reminded that NHS services are still there for those who need them, despite the new Government tier 3 restrictions in place for the area due to the increased number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
Dr Peter Gregory, local GP and chair of NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “It’s important that people know that during the pandemic, GP surgeries across West Lancashire are still here for you if you have concerns about your physical or mental health. Before turning up to your GP practice, contact them online, through the NHS App (https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-app/) or by phone to be assessed. There are still face-to-face appointments available, and you will be offered one if necessary.
“Alternatively call your nearest walk-in centre or urgent care centre if you have a minor illness or injury like sprains and strains; broken bones; minor burns and scalds; head injuries; cuts, bruising and grazes. If you’re not sure where is best to turn, NHS 111 is available 24/7 online (http://www.111.nhs.uk/) and by phone. In the case of a serious or life-threatening illness or injury, please don’t hesitate to call 999.”
The NHS website (http://www.nhs.uk/) is a one-stop shop for advice about hundreds of health conditions, a symptom checker and details of GPs, walk-in centres and pharmacies in your local area. In some cases, you may be able to self-care for your ailment so it’s a good idea to keep your medicine cabinet and first aid kit stocked-up with all the essentials.
Dr Peter Gregory, continues: “We know that it will be hard during half term, but it’s really important that we all play our part by following the restrictions which have been put in place to protect us and our community from the spread of Coronavirus.
“Remember if you have any Coronavirus symptoms such as a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – you must self-isolate at home and get tested as soon as possible. Get a test online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. Medical advice about symptoms are available at www.111.nhs.uk/COVID-19, or by calling NHS 111 if you can’t get help online.”
Protect your loved ones by downloading the official NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app for England and Wales: COVID-19 Test and Trace app the app is available in the App store on iPhone or Android mobiles.
Information about all the local options for non-COVID related support are available on the CCG’s website: https://www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/corona-virus/covid-19-health-services/