Life in Lockdown | Follow Up on Health Concerns

I had cause recently to make an online request for a telephone consultation with my GP. The system worked well and I had two calls with my doctor over the space of a week. My ailment, such as it was, turned out to be minor (thankfully), but my doctor agreed that I had been correct to make contact.

Waiting at a safe distance to speak to the doctor’s receptionist

Having used the NHS during lockdown, I would urge any of you who feel under the weather, or are worried about a persistent symptom, to make that call or use the available online system to have a conversation with your doctor.

It is estimated that hundreds of thousands, probably millions, of Brits are not contacting their GPs or visiting A&E over health concerns during lockdown, because of the understandable fear of contracting Covid-19.

The systems are in place to make a visit to a health professional as safe as possible. Five or ten minutes wearing a mask and possibly gloves (PPE requirements vary) while talking to your doctor is far better than weeks or months of worry and the possibility of escalating a minor ailment into something much, much bigger.

7 thoughts on “Life in Lockdown | Follow Up on Health Concerns

  1. Wise advice Ruth. Glad you got your worries allayed quickly. Our national health system has also said the same thing & we now have regular spots on the nightly news & a few radio commercials advising people not to wait & that’s it is safe to visit the doctor, (phone calls first).

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  2. Absolutely true Ruth. Our daughter had to contact the GP with a concern about her daughter and she uploaded a photo to a web form along with details of the ailment and within 24 hours she had a call back and a prescription had been electronically sent to the chemist for medication. I wonder if ‘virtual’ appointments will remain after this?
    I have spent the last couple of days with an awfully bloodshot eye, the pharmacist looked at it (from a safe distance and with me wearing a mask) and said I need to see an optician so today I am off for an emergency appointment with strict instructions that I have to wait outside until called in, I have to wear a mask and the optician will be in PPE. I feel a little nervous as he will obviously have to get closer than 6′ – but it sounds as if things are as safe as they can be in the circumstances.

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    1. It’s been good to know that the new systems re primary health care seem to be working. I hope the visit to the opticians has been productive and your eye will be back to normal soon.

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  3. We’ve both been in for our checkups since things have opened up more here & the process went very smoothly … except I don’t think I’ll ever get accustomed to wearing the mask (especially with my glasses!).
    Glad all is well there!

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