Our surgeries are very much open for patients
A SSP Health lead GP has urged people not to neglect their health and to contact their surgery with medical concerns despite the new Coronavirus restrictions.
Dr Atif Shafique said GP surgeries were ‘open for business’ despite the new tiered restrictions beginning today in many areas of the North West.
Dr Shafique said: “Despite the new rules in place, GP surgeries are very much open for business and there are no restrictions for you to contact us.
“Most appointments are now carried out on the phone, so in many cases there is no need to leave your home to be treated. For example, if you have a rash you could speak to the doctor on the phone about it, send us a picture and we can send any necessary creams to the chemist electronically. All from the convenience of your home whilst also reducing the spread of COVID-19
“However, we understand there are situations where a face-to-face appointment is necessary, such as for certain examinations, and in these specific circumstances we will ask you to attend the surgery, where we do have processes in place to keep everyone as safe as possible from COVID-19.
“GP surgeries have had to adapt to the pandemic but at no time were practices closed to their patients. We are all working harder than ever.
“It is important that you contact your surgery if you have any health concerns. You may be able to find the information you require through online consultation or arrange an appointment. So please do not neglect your health.
“Despite COVID, we are here for you.”