If you are unwell and need to seek medical attention, it is important that you do this. COVID-19 has meant that the NHS has had to change the way we work, but hospitals, GP practices, pharmacies, optometrists and dentists are still open to provide advice, assessment and treatment of your conditions.
Patients who need to be seen face-to-face can arrange for this to happen. You should contact your doctor, dentist or optometrist, and they will arrange to see you if they feel that this is necessary. Pharmacies are also able to assess and advise patients and are providing socially-distanced services.
If you do need to be seen face to face this will be done in a way which protects you, and the healthcare professional, from COVID-19
- The NHS is restricting footfall into our hospitals, GP practices and pharmacies to reduce the risk of contamination
- The NHS is using social distancing in all areas
- Patients are being asked to wear face coverings in all NHS settings
- NHS staff are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce the risk of transmission of infection
- Grantham hospital has been designated a “green site” where all patients have been screened for COVID-19
If you are advised to attend an NHS site for assessment or treatment, it is important that you accept this advice, as delaying assessment or treatment could harm your long term wellbeing.