An Aberdeenshire MSP is warning people in the North-east not to ignore vital signs of serious illnesses after attendance figures at A&E dropped by more than half compared to the same week last year.
Gillian Martin MSP urged patients to keep attending hospital for medical emergencies as waiting time figures for the week ending 5 April show that 92.7 per cent of people were seen and treated within four hours.
This comes on the back of comments made by the interim chief medical officer Dr Gregor Smith last week who said that parts of the health service are now “eerily quiet” and doctors fear people are not seeking medical help for illnesses and symptoms unrelated to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr Smith warned sick people should still go to their doctors or to hospital if they are unwell, and that medics were finding the lack of non-coronavirus cases “disconcerting”.
His warning came after National Records of Scotland (NRS) published the first of a weekly series of reports that will count all deaths in which coronavirus is recorded as being relevant.
Gillian Martin MSP said
While members of the public are continuing to listen to advice and only going to A&E if illnesses are immediate or life threatening, I would like to remind people not to ignore early warning signs of serious conditions.
If you have new symptoms then it’s vital you get this checked out either by contacting your GP, or if symptoms are urgent by attending A&E.
A&E services are designed to deal with immediate and life threatening conditions and remains fully functional throughout the Coronavirus lockdown.
The MSP added
Coronavirus is at the forefront of our minds right now, but it’s vital that people don’t forget that if you have another medical emergency NHS staff are on-hand to help you and save people’s lives.
I’d like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of staff in our NHS and care settings who are providing an exceptional level of care during these extraordinary times. Each and every one of you has my very grateful thanks.