NHS is open for business, not just coronavirus 

Over the past few days the Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, has been reminding us all that the NHS is ‘open for business’ for essential and urgent care.

NHS is open for business, not just coronavirus 

Over the past few days the Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, has been reminding us all that the NHS is ‘open for business’ for essential and urgent care.

It's vital that we continue to remind everyone that if people have a medical emergency, not related to COVID-19, they should still go to hospital for treatment. This includes people suffering from:

  • loss of consciousness
  • acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
  • chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • severe allergic reactions
  • severe burns or scalds only works on a mobile
  • stroke
  • major trauma such as a road traffic accident

If parents or carers are worried about a child, especially if they have an existing condition, they should take them to A&E as normal.

Hospitals have worked hard to ensure that they still have the capacity to manage emergencies whilst keeping people safe, so please spread the message that if you need emergency treatment, do not delay accessing this help.

For any additional medical advice, 111 is still available.

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