Health services still there for your family when you need them
28 April 2020

The NHS across Cheshire and Merseyside is reminding people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) that they can continue to use their local services and seek emergency and urgent care straight away when they need it.

This is in response to a sharp drop in the number of referrals for treatment and investigations for conditions like cancer, which may result in patients being diagnosed later, decreasing their chances of survival and placing extra unnecessary strain on the NHS.

General practice, dentists, pharmacies, NHS 111 and accident and emergency departments in the area are operating for those who need them, and extra measures have been put in place to ensure that those attending medical settings are not put at risk of contracting the disease.

Dr Jackie Bene, Chief Executive of Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership, said:

“Health and care organisations in Cheshire and Merseyside have continued to work together brilliantly to ensure that people living in the area receive the very best care when they need it, whether they have coronavirus or not. We understand that some may feel wary about attending their medical appointments as normal, or leaving their home during lockdown, but looking after your health is incredibly important and we would stress that if your appointment is still going ahead as normal, you should be attending it.

“We want to thank everyone for their support and help during this difficult time – remember, we are still here for you when you need us.”

Through the creation of seven Nightingale hospitals and by working with the independent sector, thousands of hospital beds have been made available to support local hospitals when they need them. This effort means that there has always been capacity across the country to treat all those needing urgent and emergency care, as well as to safely provide other essential care such as cancer treatment, maternity and mental health support and vital vaccinations.