People on the Fylde Coast urged to access urgent care if they need it

Health and care bosses across the Fylde Coast are urging people to access urgent care and treatment if they think they need it.

The plea comes as new findings show four in ten people are too concerned about being a burden on the NHS at this time to seek help from their GP.

But people are being warned that delays in getting treatment due to coronavirus fears pose a long term risk to their health.

Despite the fact people are being urged to stay at home, seeking medical help is one of the four reasons that people can safely leave.

Jane Scattergood, NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups’ director of nursing and quality, said: “If you need medical help, the NHS is still very much here for you.

“The way you can access health services at the moment might be slightly different, but if you have symptoms you are concerned about, you must get help as soon as possible.

“Contact your GP or the 111 service if you have an urgent care need – or call 999 in an emergency.

“GP surgeries and hospitals have strict infection prevention and control measures in place, so if you need an appointment please be assured that it is safe for you to attend.”

As well as being encouraged to seek help for urgent needs, people should also still be using other vital services such as cancer screening and care, maternity appointments and mental health support.

Ms Scattergood added: “Staff across the Fylde Coast are working incredibly hard to deal with coronavirus, but they are also working hard to make sure people who don’t have COVID-19 can safely access essential services.

“So whether you or a loved one have the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, are a parent worried about your child or unborn baby, or have concerns about conditions such as cancer you should seek help in the way you always would.

“Ignoring problems can have serious consequences – now or in the future.”