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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented the NHS,with one of its greatest ever challenges. One serious impact is that,some members of the public,are reluctant to use NHS services, citing concerns about being exposed to the virus,and not wanting to be a burden on the NHS.
A recent survey of 2,178 people,found that almost half (48%) of the public would delay,or not seek medical help at all. A fifth (22%) would not want to burden the NHS, and a similar proportion said,that fear of getting coronavirus or passing it onto others,was a major reason for not getting help.
If you have a symptom that could be cancer (such as unexplained blood,that doesn’t come from an obvious injury, an unexplained lump, weight loss which feels significant to you,or an unexplained pain that doesn’t go away) a maternity concern, or a routine appointment, the NHS is here to help you,and can see you safely.
- If you have a routine appointment, make sure you keep it, unless recommended otherwise by your doctor.
- If you are told to go to hospital,for a routine appointment, then the NHS has measures in place,to make sure that it safe for you to do so.
- No staff who have COVID-19 symptoms,or come into contact with someone with symptoms,are allowed to work in the hospital,meaning the NHS can see you in a safe environment.
If you are pregnant, it is crucial that you still attend,your antenatal appointments,and continue to seek advice from your midwife,or maternity team to ensure you have a safe and healthy pregnancy.
- If you are worried about your health,or the health of your unborn baby, please do not hesitate to contact your midwife,or maternity team.
- Women of a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background,may be at higher risk of complications of coronavirus. Maternity services have been asked,to take extra precautions to keep women at greatest risk safe,and everyone should seek advice without delay,if they are concerned about their or their baby’s health.
- Midwives have worked hard,to make sure you still have a personal,and safe maternity experience during this time, but some services will need to adapt. This could mean having telephone,or video consultations,or attending your antenatal appointments in a different setting. Your midwife will have more details,about what is happening in your area.
- If you’re due to see your midwife, or something just doesn’t feel right, your NHS is here to see you, safely.
While the number of urgent cancer referrals,is back up to 85% of pre-COVID levels, there are some people who may have worrying symptoms,who are still not contacting their GP.
- From the start of the pandemic,to the end of August, more than 870,000 people were urgently referred,and over 90% of them were subsequently seen,by a specialist within two weeks. Cancer treatment levels were maintained,at 85% of 2019 levels,during the height of the pandemic – showing that the NHS is there,for people when they need it.
- If you’ve had unexplained blood,that doesn’t come from an obvious injury (such as blood in your poo or pee), an unexplained lump, weight loss which feels significant to you,or an unexplained pain that lasts three weeks or more, it could be a sign of cancer.
- It’s probably nothing serious, but finding cancer early makes it more treatable, so just speak to your GP.
Your NHS is here to see you, safely