Hospitals in Greater Manchester have been working incredibly hard to manage the increased number of patients with COVID-19 alongside providing routine care. While staff are continuing to do this as far as possible, there has been a decision to postpone planned, non-urgent operations and treatments. Urgent treatments and cancer operations will continue as normal.
Patients affected by the decision will be contacted and supported at this difficult time. This will be reviewed on a regular basis and procedures will resume as soon as possible.
It is more important than ever that everyone follows guidance to minimise the spread of the virus – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces, wash your hands more frequently and minimise your contact with people outside your immediate household.
Unless you are contacted, you should continue to attend your appointment as planned. All primary care services (GP practices, dental practices, pharmacies and optometry providers) will remain open during lockdown to treat patients, offering care which is safe, necessary and prioritised on the basis of clinical need.
If you are pregnant, it is crucial that you still attend your antenatal appointments and continue to seek advice from your midwife or maternity team to ensure you have a safe and healthy pregnancy.
If you’ve had unexplained blood that doesn’t come from an obvious injury (such as blood in your poo or pee), an unexplained lump, weight loss which feels significant to you or an unexplained pain that lasts three weeks or more, it could be a sign of cancer. It’s probably nothing serious, but finding cancer early makes it more treatable, so just speak to your GP. If you’ve been referred for an urgent endoscopy by your doctor, it’s really important you attend. If it is cancer, the earlier it is diagnosed the easier it is to treat. Your NHS is here to see you, safely.
Thank you for your continued support, patience and understanding at what continues to be a very difficult time for everyone.