If you are concerned about your health, particularly symptoms which are worrying you, please call your local GP practice for advice. A member of the practice team will ask you a few questions, provide advice or arrange for a healthcare professional to call you back. Some GP practices may ask you to email pictures of an affected area. You are likely to be offered an initial telephone or video consultation and if you still need to be seen face-to-face then please don’t worry about attending as new arrangements and infection control measures are in place to protect patients and staff.
Most practices are carrying out urgent and pre-hospital blood tests and starting to see women whose cervical smear appointments were postponed and those who have to undergo regular monitoring. Some GP practices are now able to offer limited numbers of joint injections and long-acting reversible contraceptive fittings, where the benefit outweighs the risk. However, a number of other services, including many routine chronic disease clinics and minor surgery, remain temporarily postponed.
You can also access a wide range of health information and advice on the national NHS Inform website (www.nhsinform.scot) or via their national helpline freephone 0800 22 44 88. Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should visit NHS Inform to book a test and access the latest guidance however if your symptoms have not improved after 7 days you should phone NHS 24 on 111.
When you have an illness or injury that just won’t go away or is getting worse make an appointment to see your GP or a member of the practice team.
Your GP practice team will assess your health and offer advice, information, prescriptions and provide ongoing care. You can also be referred you to a hospital specialist, if required.
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