GPs remind public we are #HereForYou

5 May 2020

The NHS is #HereForYou if you have a health concern or worry 

Five of our specialist Macmillan GPs in Kent and Medway have recorded video messages to reassure people to get in touch with their GP practice if they have a health concern or symptom that could be cancer.

Doctors Danielle Agyeman-Badu, Jack Jacobs, Sona Gupta, Bana Haddad and Joanna Bonnett (videos right), said: "We understand people may be hesitant to contact their GP or healthcare professional at the moment as the NHS is battling the impact of Coronavirus.

"The NHS is here for you and able to support all types of health needs. If you have a health condition or symptom that is worrying, please contact your GP.

"For many conditions, like cancer, it is important this is identified and treated early. If you have noticed anything unusual, like any new lumps or bumps, unintentional weight loss, unusual bleeding or pain, please contact your GP. In most cases, it is unlikely to be cancer, but if it is, we need to catch it early and make sure you are referred for urgent hospital treatment.

"Your GP practice has plans in place to make sure you can be seen safely and effectively, reducing the risk of being exposed to the virus.

"At first you may be offered a phone or video consultation with your doctor, but if you do need a face-to-face appointment, you will be able to be seen in a safe environment by your healthcare professional."

Patients who need GP care and have coronavirus symptoms, are being treated at separate sites, known as primary care treatment centres, than people without symptoms. You can find out more about that here.

We are here for you, to support the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community. If you don't have a GP, find out how to register with one here.

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