We've launched a local campaign to remind local people to seek medical care when they need it with a focus on life changing and life threatening illnesses.
We’ve put together the following resources which practices can use.
Dr Bryan Power, Clinical Lead for Long Term Conditions at NHS Leeds CCG has suggested that all practices send a text message to all patients aged over 60. Of course if you want to send it to other patient populations please do so. “The NHS is here for you when you need us. In an emergency please call 999 or go to your local accident and emergency department (remember there’s no children’s A&E at St James’s Hospital). If you’re worried you might have symptoms of cancer or any other concerns about your health please call your GP practice or NHS 111. Please do not leave anything to chance, your NHS is still here for you.”
If you’d like some printed copies for your practice please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Social media plan (with static images included)
If you prefer you can use the animated gifs below alongside the social media messages
Information for your websites
It’s important that if you, or your loved ones, become suddenly unwell you get help quickly. Any delay could lead to disability or even death. We have developed the information below [practices to link to A5 flyer] to help you understand when you need to ring 999 or go to A&E, when you should contact your GP practice and when other healthcare options would be better for you including online resources.
We want to keep everyone safe and would welcome you sharing our messages with your family and friends. You can help us do this by sharing the messages in our social media plan [practices to link to social media plan]
To help you here’s examples of when you need to contact 999 or go to A&E.
When to call 999 and attend A&E:
- Chest pain
- Severe bleeding
- A serious injury
- If you think you’re having a stroke
Here’s when you should contact your GP practice
When to see your GP
Call your GP if you have the following:
- Concerns regarding ongoing conditions
- Ear discharge / pain
- Stomach ache
- Any cancer symptoms such as lump in your breast, changes in bowel habits, blood in your pee or poo, unexplained weight loss, moles that appear to change or cough that you’ve had for three weeks or more (visit NHS.uk for more information)
If you have coronavirus symptoms, please mention this when calling your GP practice, calling 999 or when you arrive at A&E.