DON’T delay seeing a GP if you have signs and symptoms of cancer – that’s the message from family doctors in the district.
Residents are being reminded that the NHS is still here for them when they need it, and to telephone their GP if they have signs and symptoms of cancer.
Local practices say patients can be assured that GP and hospital services have gone to great lengths to put infection prevention measures in place to ensure patients can safely access these services and the public are encouraged to seek help for cancer symptoms.
Dr Edwina Gallagher, Macmillan Cancer GP facilitator said: “If you notice a change which isn’t normal for you or have a symptom that doesn’t settle it may be important to arrange further investigations to exclude serious problems such as cancer.
“Some of the problems that you should contact your GP about include the sudden appearance of a lump, blood in your urine or a change to your usual bowel habits.
“The symptom might not be due to serious illness and your GP may be able to easily reassure you. If it is cancer or another serious problem, the earlier it’s picked up the higher the chance of successful treatment.
“When you arrange an appointment with your GP they will initially telephone you to discuss the problem, and then bring you in to be examined or have blood tests if needed. If necessary they will refer you to the hospital.”
Patients are reminded that, while practices remain open, first contact should always be made by telephone or online, at which point the most appropriate appointment will be offered.
More information on cancer signs and symptoms can be found HERE.