Covid-19 cases are on the rise nationally and in North Yorkshire and York, and health professionals today urged people to follow the correct route for testing if they have concerning symptoms.
The NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said residents were doing the right thing by getting tested when they exhibit Covid-19 symptoms. Those symptoms are:
- a new continuous cough
- a fever
- or a change in the sense of taste or smell.
“However, to ensure the best healthcare for everyone, it is essential that patients who have symptoms access care in the most appropriate way,” a CCG spokesperson said.
To get information about testing, including the opportunity to order a test if needed, patients should use the established websites if at all possible.
“GP practices or hospitals are able to arrange or undertake tests for members of the public; they cannot write a letter for patients to support a test and people should therefore use the following routes,” the spokesperson said.
The NHS website provides advice on who should seek a test.
Or people can go directly to the Government website to book a test.
People without access to the internet can call 119 to arrange a test.
Dr Nigel Wells, NHS Vale of York CCG clinical chair, said “Hospitals and GP practices are working hard to be able to deliver the maximum services possible following the necessary changes imposed by Covid-19.
“To help with this recovery, please book coronavirus testing using the national testing website if you develop new symptoms.
“Please continue to protect yourselves, your loved ones, and the NHS by following the national guidance summed up in Hands, Face, Space.”