When to contact your GP: Symptoms you shouldn’t ignore during lockdown
We understand that with the current situation, it is a very difficult time for many – particularly when it comes to health. The words “stay at home and save lives” are replayed across our news channels and social media, and we are very grateful to those following this advice!
We also understand that with this advice comes confusion over whether you should still visit your GP for non COVID-related symptoms. We would like to reassure our patients that we are open for all medical care, and not just those relating to COVID-19.
In fact, we have invested in various technological solutions to help our patients seek medical advice from their GP, without having to come into the practice. These include our online e-consultation and over the phone services as well as new a text and video messaging service. To find out more about how to use these contact-free services, please click here > https://www.morlaishealth.co.uk/2020/04/20/how-to-achieve-contact-free-advice-from-your-gp/
In the meantime, we would also like to remind our patients of the types of symptoms that absolutely should not be ignored and should be discussed with your GP, even during lockdown.
Whilst many lumps are completely harmless, it is important to consult your GP if you find a lump that is new or unusual and that you are worried about, particularly if it has been there for longer than two weeks.
Mole checking is a good habit to get into. If your mole starts to change in shape, size or colour, you should contact your GP so that you can get it checked by a professional. Specific changes to look out for are when your mole has gone darker, is itchy or has started bleeding.
Unexplained weight loss
If you have been unexplainedly losing weight without significant changes to your diet, lifestyle or activity-levels, get in touch so that we can assess the reasoning behind it and rule out any other health conditions.
If you have experienced unusual bleeding from anywhere in the body, it is important to seek advice from your GP.
Difficulty swallowing food
Difficulty with swallowing (also known as dysphagia) can prevent you from getting the nutrients you need and can also be a symptom of another health condition. If you are struggling with swallowing, contact your GP so that we can diagnose the problem and offer suitable treatment.
Breast lumps are a commonly known symptom for which you must seek medical advice. Whether you are male or female, if you find a lump in the breast area, it is important to contact your GP right away.
Persistent mouth ulcers
There are a number of reasons mouth ulcers might appear, many of them harmless. However, if you have had a mouth ulcer for more than 4 weeks, it is important that you contact your GP so that we can check it out.
Whilst these symptoms are examples of when you must contact your GP, it is important to note that if you are unwell or displaying worrying symptoms that are not listed above, you should still get in touch using one of our online or contact-free methods. Our current recommendations are for patients not to make unnecessary trips to the practice; however, we are still open and here to support you, whether that be via e-consultation, telephone or through our text and video messaging service. Our priority, as always, is ensuring all our patients stay healthy and well at this time.