Tameside and Glossop residents are being reminded that NHS services are still open and GP practices, in particular, want to hear from anyone who may have signs or symptoms of lung cancer.
NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Tameside Council is backing the ‘Help Us, Help You’ lung cancer campaign which has released a powerful video, featuring Sir Andrew Strauss, Gaby Roslin and members of the public who have first-hand experience of how lung cancer can affect you, your friends and your family. The video urges people to contact their GP practice if they’ve had a cough for three weeks or more and don’t have COVID-19. It also encourages friends and family to support a loved one if they are concerned for their health.
General practices are still open, but due to the coronavirus outbreak, how patients contact them will be different at the moment. People can be reassured that if they need medical attention, GP practices are still there for them and they will determine how to best support patients, based on their symptoms.
NHS staff are working to ensure that, wherever possible, cancer treatment can continue safely. This includes re-establishing COVID-secure cancer hubs and consolidating cancer surgery, prioritising people for surgery centrally based on clinical need and drawing on the independent sector to increase capacity.
Co-Chair at NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG, Dr Ashwin Ramachandra, said: “
While a cough for three weeks or more is probably nothing serious, it could be a sign of something that needs treatment. If it is cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable and can save lives.
“Cancer services remain an absolute priority for the NHS. Thanks to the efforts of NHS staff, cancer services have been maintained throughout the pandemic so treatment can continue safely. Any decision to reschedule cancer treatment will be a last resort.”
CCG Clinical lead for cancer, Dr Cressida Crabtree, said: “
Get tested for COVID-19 if you have a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.
“If a friend or family member has been coughing for three weeks or more, and it isn’t COVID-19, encourage them to contact their GP practice. Your NHS is here to see you, safely. Help Us, Help You.”
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Information on how to contact your GP practice can be found at: https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/coronavirus/primarycareservices