I have had constituents raise concerns about communications from their GPs that somehow suggest they may not be able to access hospital care or treatment. I have been assured that these are attempts to reach out to patients who are already ill to discuss the best options for individuals and in no way represent a denial of service.
Local hospitals have not implemented an admissions threshold that would bar people from receiving treatment nor have they implemented any form of blanket ‘do not resuscitate’ policy.
Since the crisis began, the NHS has been caring for 20,000 coronavirus inpatients per day, many of whom have needed critical care. Nevertheless, the majority of patients the Health Service has continued to look after have been receiving care for other important health conditions.
Over the next six weeks and beyond, the NHS will also be stepping up its treatment of non-coronavirus patients as more capacity becomes available.
I want everyone in Sheffield to know that if they want to, and they need to, they can access acute and emergency medical care. People who are seriously unwell should seek treatment from their GP, hospital or other health service as they normally would.