Ahead of the May bank holiday weekend, health chiefs across the
region are asking the public not to delay seeking help and advice
if you're unwell.
The appeal to the public includes asking them to support the NHS
and others by:
Local NHS services are reminding people that the best way to get
the urgent and emergency care they need is to check with NHS 111 or
your GP first before turning up at emergency departments or urgent
treatment centres. The best way to access NHS urgent care services
continues to be through your GP practice or NHS 111 online when
they are closed, or phone NHS 111 if you do not have internet
access. If it's a serious or life-threatening emergency, call
Professor Chris Gray, clinical lead for the integrated care
system for the north east and north Cumbria said: "Throughout
lockdown, people have adapted to the different channels to get the
health services they need, such as using NHS 111 online and GP
telephone consultations. Whilst Covid-19 means that we have to
deliver our services differently to curb the infection rate, our
services are still here for you, and we need people to continue
using these channels.
"By phoning either your GP or using NHS 111 online first they
will be able to give you the assurance that your health needs are
referred to the most effective and appropriate service which may
include a telephone appointment with a clinician."
Professor Chris Gray added: "Your support for the NHS has been
amazing so let's all keep it up and look after the NHS and each
Published: 22 May 2020
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital