South east London GP practices: “your GP surgery is open for you”

Doctors across south east London have made a short film asking patients not to put off contacting their GP surgery if they need to consult a doctor or nurse during the Covid 19 pandemic. 

Despite these challenging times, your GP surgery is open for you. GP surgeries are working differently, doing more appointments by video and telephone

If you think you need treatment or just some advice, you should contact your surgery. If you think you may be unwell, please do not ignore your symptoms, particularly

– if you have chest pains

– if your mental health gets worse

– if you have cancer

– or if you have a long term condition like diabetes or COPD

It is also really important that your children get their routine immunisations to keep them safe and that if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or have recently had a baby you continue to get support from your GP.

Dr Jonty Heaversedge, Southwark GP and Clinical Chair of NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group said: “During this Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve all heard the message to stay at home as much as possible and it’s great that people are doing this. GPs are still here for you though and it is important that you contact your surgery for advice or to make an appointment when you need to.

“So, if you need medical advice about something other than coronavirus don’t put off calling your surgery online or by telephone and they will advise you on whether you need to see a doctor or nurse.”

It is important to follow any guidance your practice has in place to keep you safe and continue to follow the government’s guidance to prevent the virus spreading. The NHS has also published information about how access health advice at homeStay safe and get the help you need when you need it.