GP practices are still there to help you get the care you need

General Practitioners (GPs) are reassuring residents of Cardiff and the Vale that they are still open and here to help them get the care they need.

With recent figures released by Welsh Government indicating that patient activity has reduced by a quarter, GPs are urging patients who are experiencing unusual, out of the ordinary symptoms to not leave it too late and to contact their GP practice.

Dr Jonathon Campbell, GP and Clinical Service Lead, said: “We’re particularly worried that people suffering from symptoms suggestive of developing cancer are not seeking advice. There are many forms of cancer and many types of symptoms so if you have noticed anything unusual about your body that you are concerned about, please contact your GP for advice.

“We completely appreciate that people may be feeling apprehensive to contact their GP practice during this pandemic but we have adopted different ways of working such as telephone, video or email consultations to alleviate the need for patients to come into the surgery.”

Patients with ongoing chronic diseases can also take advantage of GPs’ new ways of working as GPs are conducting condition reviews over the phone or where possible, by video or email.

Parents and guardians of children are also asked to ensure their child’s vaccinations are up-to-date. They may be required to attend the practice if they have missed one.  

“If we do feel you do need to come to the surgery for any reason, please be reassured that we’ve limited the number of patients in our practices at any one time and our staff are wearing Personal Protective Equipment for your and our safety”, added Dr Campbell.

Members of the public can also get in touch with their GP practice if they have concerns and wish to contact agencies which provide support and advice for victims of abuse. 

For more information visit the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board website www.cardiffandvaleuhb.wales.nhs.uk/gp-2020