NHS England and Public Health England, ask “Help us, Help you”

It will come as no surprise that COVID-19 has changed the way that people are accessing NHS services. A recent survey of 2,178 people found that almost half (48%) of the public would delay or not seek medical help at all.
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A fifth (22%) would not want to burden the NHS, and a similar proportion said that fear of getting coronavirus or passing it onto others was a major reason for not getting help.

To help NHS England and NHS Improvement has launched the ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign to encourage the public to contact their GP if they are worried about a symptom that could be cancer such as:

  • Unexplained blood
  •  A lump
  • Weight loss which feels significant
  • Or an unexplained pain that lasts three weeks or more

And encourage pregnant women to keep appointments and seek advice from their midwife or maternity team if they are worried about their baby.

The NHS has introduced a range of measures to ensure the safety of patients, including COVID secure wards and phone and digital appointments, they now hope the campaign will reassure patients that the NHS can help them safely.

Your NHS is here to see you, safely. Help Us, Help You.

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