Health professionals in Hull have urged residents to continue to seek medical help for issues other than coronavirus.
Residents are urged to stay away from GPs and hospitals if they experience symptoms, in line with advice from the Government and NHS.
But professionals have emphasised that health services remain “open for business”.
Julia Weldon, director of Public Health at Hull City Council, has joined a call from local partners including NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for people to understand how and when to get medical help.
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“Help is still there for you and we want you to use it,” she said. “We don’t want people staying at home with a medical emergency, or missing appointments for ongoing treatment.
“Services are working differently, this means generally using online NHS services as a first port of call and that some appointments are held over the phone, or video chat.
“We want to be clear that you shouldn’t put off getting help for yourself or a loved one if it is needed”.
Information about how to use local services, including GPs and A&E can be found on the NHS website. It includes how to access your GP, order repeat prescriptions and manage long-term conditions.