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"Don't let 'Covid fear' stop you seeking medical advice', urges Highland GP


By Hector MacKenzie

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Dr Ross Jaffrey: 'Remember to still seek medical advice for symptoms you feel may be important or are a significant change from normal.'
Dr Ross Jaffrey: 'Remember to still seek medical advice for symptoms you feel may be important or are a significant change from normal.'

MEMBERS of the public anxious about seeking medical advice for non-Covid conditions are being urged to get the help they need.

The advice follows an apparent spike in Covid-19 cases within the NHS Highland area after the Easter period, when new infections were not reported on a daily basis.

A total of 47 cases reported yesterday took in a period which includes Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Monday and Tuesday of this week.

Dr Ross Jaffrey of the Safe Hands, Saves Lives group said the Easter data witnessed "quite a rise" in NHS Highland cases with the Merkinch and Muirtown areas providing most of the positive tests.

But he noted: "This followed a few days of very low numbers. If you live in Inverness and have symptoms, or think you have had prolonged contact with a positive case get a test it’s easy to book and attend. Fortunately at this point hospital admissions remain low and we don’t want this to change.

"Remember to still seek medical advice for symptoms you feel may be important or are a significant change from normal. Many other health conditions need assessment. Do not let 'Covid fear' stop you from attending or making appointments, measures remain in place to prevent transmission in health care settings."

Figures released earlier today showed just two new cases being notified within the NHS Highland area over the past 24 hours.

To arrange a test if you have symptoms visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

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