NHS organisations in Bassetlaw are 'open for business as usual' for non Covid-19 concerns

Health and care partners across Bassetlaw and South Yorkshire are appealing to local people to continue using GP and emergency care services during the current Covid-19 outbreak.

Friday, 24th April 2020, 12:30 pm
Hospitals remain open for non-Covid-19 major health conditions
Hospitals remain open for non-Covid-19 major health conditions

This follows a reported sharp reduction in the numbers of people seeking urgent and time-critical care for other ‘non-covid-19’ major health conditions such as stroke and heart disease.

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw’s NHS organisations have reported a sharp decline in numbers using emergency services and primary care settings.

NHS organisations are also worried that children with emergency health needs and women who have issues with their pregnancy aren’t seeking help early enough.

All of the region’s NHS organisations are now launching a joint appeal, to highlight the importance of using vital NHS services – even during the current Covid-19 outbreak.

People are advised to continue following the government and NHS guidance for when to see a GP, pharmacist or visit A&E.

However, hospitals continue to run critical services, including those for across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, GP practices remain open by providing phone and video consultations in the first instance, and mental health services also remain open.

Hospitals, GP surgeries and mental health trusts will have information about which services they are currently running on their respective websites, and you can also follow them on social media for up-to-the-minute changes.

Charities including The British Heart Foundation, Stroke Association and Macmillan Cancer Support are also among those raising awareness of the importance of being seen by a medical practitioner with troubling or concerning symptoms.

Bereavement, drugs and alcohol services and children’s eating disorder services are also reaching out to support people concerned about their own or someone else’s wellbeing.

Mental health resources such as the NHS ‘every mind matters’ site provides information on managing low mood, anxiety and depression, specifically relating to staying at home.

If you have any health concerns, please ring your GP or NHS 111.