28 Apr 2020

The NHS in St Helens is reminding people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) that they can continue to use their local services and seek emergency and urgent care straight away when they need it.

This is in response to a sharp drop in the number of referrals for treatment and investigations for conditions like cancer, which may result in patients being diagnosed later, decreasing their chances of survival and placing extra unnecessary strain on the NHS.

General practice, dentists, pharmacies, NHS 111 and accident and emergency departments in the area are operating for those who need them, and extra measures have been put in place to ensure that those attending medical settings are not put at risk of contracting the disease.

Professor Sarah O’Brien, Clinical Accountable Officer at NHS St Helens CCG, said:

“NHS and social care staff along with key workers are working around the clock to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, while ensuring that essential and urgent services continue.

"We are really pleased to see that people are following the advice to stay at home during the pandemic, however we urge people who need urgent medical attention to still seek help as normal. If you think you may be suffering symptoms of a stroke or heart attack you should attend A&E or call 999 immediately to get urgent medical help.

"We understand people may feel worried about attending medical appointments during lockdown but we want to remind residents how important it is looking after your health and advise if your appointment is still going ahead please attend as normal.

Thank you to everyone for their continued support during this difficult time but please remember the NHS is still here for everyone if you need us.”