All NHS services are under severe pressure at the moment, as we look after increasing numbers of patients who are sick with covid-19 and other seasonal illnesses.
We are also delivering the huge and vitally important covid-19 vaccination programme.
So that it can focus on these really important issues, your GP will understandably be prioritising urgent cases.
This means that when you contact your local practice, they will have an initial conversation with you to understand how urgent your health needs are.
If you have an issue that is not urgent, you may need to wait longer than usual until your problem or concern can be dealt with.
Please do make sure that you continue to get in touch with us if you need to. This is particularly important if:
- your problem is urgent
- you have long term condition that is getting worse
- you are worried about symptoms that might indicate cancer
Please also remember you can call NHS 111 for urgent concerns, and 999 for serious emergencies.
Your local pharmacist can also help with minor complaints.
For adults with mental health problems including depression and anxiety, you can refer yourself directly to the local wellbeing service, via their website – www.northessexiapt.nhs.uk/hertfordshire
If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, call this freephone number: 0800 6444 101.
We have a childhood illnesses leaflet free to download, full of advice and information for parents and carers of young children – www.hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/Help_your_Child_Stay_Well_This_Winter_FINAL.pdf
Herts Help has a range of support and information to help people though the lockdown – www.hertshelp.net
Thank you very much for helping us all manage under these very difficult circumstances.