The NHS doctor insisted people developing unexplained symptoms “must” contact their GP or go hospital to ensure they are treated timely. Dr Khan warned some patients have been keeping away from NHS services out of concern of becoming a “burden” to doctors and nurses in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. But the Good Morning Britain contributor insisted the national health service is open for business and will look after patients.
He said: “In clinic, I’m seeing patients that present late with worrying symptoms.
“We’re trying our best, the NHS is trying its best, to get the message out, to say that GP surgeries are open. Yes, most people will need to have a phone call first but those who need to be seen will get seen.
“The kind of things that are making people think twice about talking to their doctor or a healthcare professional is they’re worried they’ll be a burden on the NHS, so they don’t want to do that because they feel its been stretched already.”
He added: “But they’re also worried about coming into a clinical environment and perhaps exposing themselves to Covid. But it’s important to say, anywhere you’re asked to attend in the hospital or in the GP surgeries, it will be safe to attend.
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“And it’s important to say, if you’re worried about symptoms, especially any unexplained pain, new lumps or bumps, any bleeding that is not from an obvious injury, you must speak to your GP.
“And they will be able to help, maybe on the phone or on video. If they ask you to come in, it will be safe.”
The plea comes after a new report showed hospital admissions have suffered a 90 percent drop since the start of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.
The research found consultations for cancer had fallen by as much as two thirds during the lockdown as heart attack checks collapsed by almost half.
Some experts have suggested the Government’s message “Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives” may have had the unintended consequence of deterring admissions amid fears of catching the virus in hospital.
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