The worry of most GP’s at the moment isn't covid-19, as we are well set up now for triaging and seeing those with relevant symptoms in our local ‘hot hubs’ and our hospital colleagues are doing an amazing job at the frontline.
Our worry is that we are not seeing the breast lumps, postnatal depression, skin infections, pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, mini-strokes, rectal bleeding, suspicious weight loss, neck lumps, swallowing problems, moles that are changing shape, palpitations, chest pain suspicious for angina, abdominal pain suspicious for appendicitis etc etc etc. They must be still happening but people are staying at home ‘not wanting to bother us’. We know the paediatric community is desperately worried about sick kids not being taken to hospital because their parents are understandably scared.
This may not be the best time to tell us about your fungal toenail that you've not got round to sorting for 6 months, but if you have new symptoms that are worrying you, please contact us.
GPs are OPEN even if our doors are closed!
We are trying to keep our surgeries as covid free as possible, by seeing all patients with symptoms of covid in central hot hubs, not in our own practices. So if you have something worrying, please phone us. We can give you our opinion on the phone, we can do a video call if more appropriate, and if we think we need to see you face to face we’ll tell you and bring you down to see us.
We are getting really concerned that the morbidity and mortality of those who are scared to go to the GP might be almost as big as those who die of covid-19 itself.
From The Family Surgery GPs and staff