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Dr Tim Dalton, Local GP and Chair of NHS Wigan Borough CCG.

This week the Government is once again reviewing whether lockdown will be continuing. We have had 6 weeks of it so far and I know it has been tough for lots of people. Thank you to everyone staying home to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Whilst we are encouraging people to follow the social distancing measures and we are mindful that all our health services face significant demand, we don’t want this to stop people from seeking medical help if they have a serious or life threatening illness.

Over the last few months we’ve seen less people attend A&E with suspected Heart Attacks and Strokes. In addition, fewer people are contacting their GP practice with what we call “red flag” symptoms that would prompt investigations for Cancer. We also know more people are experiencing Mental Health issues during these difficult times. This is really worrying me and causing great concern to other health professionals in the Borough.

It’s important for us all to recognise that people will still experience serious and life threatening illnesses that aren’t related to Coronavirus during this time. So, I urge everyone that when it comes to Heart Attacks, Strokes, Cancer, and your Mental Health it’s really important to seek help as soon as you can. The NHS is still here to help you.

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