Some medical centres in Manchester are beginning to move patient appointments online in a bid to combat the spread of coronavirus among health workers.
Since the arrival of COVID-19 in the UK, surgeries and hospitals have encouraged people to use the NHS 111 service instead of going to see their doctor.
But as cases climb, local medical centres are starting to cancel scheduled one-on-ones with health experts in favour of telephone or video consultations.
Surgeries and hospitals are introducing special measures to treat individuals who require in-person appointments, including cases involving pregnancy.
NHS bosses encouraged GPs to consider switching to digital consultations earlier this month.
Dr Nikita Kanani, a GP and the NHS’s medical director for primary care, wrote a letter to staff stating:
“To mitigate any risk that potentially infected patients book appointments online and attend the practice when they should be receiving advice to self-isolate or go through testing, all practices are now being advised to change face-to-face appointments booked online to triage appointments via telephone or video.”
If you have an appointment booked at your local medical centre, get in touch before you visit and they will be able to recommend the best course of action.
For more information on preventing the spread of COVID-19, visit the NHS website.