Since the coronavirus pandemic started, fewer patients are using the NHS for essential services. But if you need medical help, the NHS is still here for you. 

Delays in getting treatment due to coronavirus fears pose a long term risk to people’s health. You should seek help in the ways you always would: 

  • If you need medical help from your GP practice, contact them either online by an app or by phone to be assessed. 
  • If you need urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service. If you cannot get help online, call 111. 
  • If it’s a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 999. 
  • If you are told to go to hospital, it is important that you go to hospital. 
  • You should continue to attend your appointments, unless you have been told not to attend. 

For further information, please visit the NHS website

The NHS is working hard to make sure people can get cancer checks and treatment safely. If you have symptoms of cancer that you are worried about, you must contact your GP. 

To find out more about what we are doing at The Christie to make sure cancer patients get the treatment, information and support they need, see our coronavirus information page here.

Last updated: October 2020