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28.04.2020

Solihull, the NHS is still there for you

The NHS is still here for you, following reports of a decline in people accessing medical treatment, the government along with the NHS have sent out the clear messages below.

If you are experiencing difficulties accessing help, you can call us for free on 0800 470 1518

 

Key messages:

If you need medical help, the NHS is still here for you.

If you need medical help from your GP practice, contact them either online, by an app or by phone to be assessed.

If you need urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service. If you cannot get help online, call 111.

If it’s a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 999

If you are told to go to hospital it is important that you go to hospital.

You should continue to attend your appointments, unless you have been told not to attend.

Prescriptions

• You can order your repeat prescriptions on the NHS App and through your GP surgery or pharmacy’s online service, where available.

• If you need to collect a prescription and have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating at home – please arrange for a friend, relative or volunteer to collect for you.

• To help us to keep supplying medicines to everyone who needs them, please only order repeat prescriptions in your usual quantities at the usual time.

Routine vaccinations

  • It is important that you or your baby or child still have routine vaccinations. They protect against serious and potentially deadly illnesses and stop outbreaks in the community.
  • If the person needing vaccination has coronavirus symptoms or is self-isolating because someone in the household is displaying symptoms, please contact your GP practice for advice.

Cancer Patients

  • If you have a symptom that you are worried about, you must contact your GP Practice.
  • Your clinician will discuss with you the benefits of starting or continuing your cancer treatment against the increased risks of contracting coronavirus.

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.

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

Pregnant Women

  • If you are pregnant it is important that you still attend your antenatal appointments and continue to seek advice from your midwife or maternity team.
  • If you are worried about your health or the health of your unborn baby, please contact your midwife or maternity team.

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

Mental Health

  • NHS is here to support your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as your physical health.
  • If you are concerned about the mental health of your child, please contact your GP or check online self-referral options for under 18 years olds at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/ 

Young people in Solihull can also access online counselling on www.Kooth.com ,this is free and fully commissioned by Solihull Council.

  • If you are facing mental health issues contact your GP or key worker, if you have one, and continue to access your mental health services as usual. We are also still open for new referrals, via your GP or online.
  • If you’re experiencing stress and anxiety, you can get further information, including how to self-refer to psychological therapies at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/
  • If you are facing a mental health crisis, use the NHS 111 online service. If you cannot get help online, call 111.

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