Urgent and emergency

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.

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.

Heart attack patients

  • If you think you or a family member are suffering with the symptoms of a heart attack you must dial 999 immediately.
  • If you or a family member develop symptoms such as heavy or tight chest pain that may spread to your arms, neck or jaw, or make you breathless, sick, sweaty or light-headed and that doesn’t go away, this could be caused by a heart attack. Dial 999 immediately.

Dr Billal Patel, from the Lancashire Cardiac Centre, has some important information for people who may be experiencing symptoms of a heart attack.

Stroke patients

  • If you think you or a family member are suffering with the symptoms of a stroke you must dial 999 immediately.
  • You can spot the symptoms of a stroke by using the FAST test:
  • Face – is the face drooping / fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
  • Speech – is it slurred?
  • Time to call 999 if you see any of the above signs

Parents of young children

  • If you are worried about the health of your baby or child, please call 111.
  • If it’s a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 999.
  • Most of the services you usually depend are still available, even though it  might feel different and accessing them might be different to usual.
  • Services for babies, children and young people are still available – at pharmacies, GP practices and at the hospital.
  • It’s really important you recognise that children can become sick really quickly.
  • The hospital is a safe place to being your child if you’re worried.

Consultant pediatrician Dr Kate Goldberg speaks about child health during the pandemic and how parents can access services for their child.

Some of the things to look out for in children which might indicate that your child is ill:
  • High temperature
  • Breathing difficulties
  • A rash that won’t go away

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has produced a useful poster (which Dr Goldberg refers to in her video) for parents and carers advising what to do if a child is unwell or injured during the COVID-19 outbreak.

DOWNLOAD a printable version of the poster here and keep it handy at home

Further information from the RCPCH is available at: www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-resources-parents-carers.

Last updated on 17 June 2020 at 15:36 by communications and engagement manager