Cancer has been a priority throughout the pandemic and the NHS will continue to prioritize cancer services as we manage the Omicron wave.
Cancer assessment and treatment will continue and people are encouraged to stick to their appointments. Measures are in place to help protect patients and staff, and it is important not to delay treatment for cancer.
Urgent cancer surgery is a priority, with areas protected against covid helping to ensure that patients continue to receive safe and timely operations for cancer.
Dr Neil Smith, GP and Cancer Director for Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: ‘We know some people may be concerned about attending cancer appointments with their doctor or in the hospital during this latest wave of Covid-19 infections, but it’s really important that people attend these appointments. Early treatment improves the quality of life after a cancer diagnosis and can save lives.
‘In the coming weeks, the NHS has been asked to prioritize the provision of Covid-19 boosters to people aged 18 and over, meaning some non-urgent appointments may need to be rearranged to ensure that there are staff available to support the recall program, as well as provide treatment for urgent and urgent cases. If you have potential symptoms of cancer, your GP will want to see you. And if you need more tests, you will get them quickly and safely. Cancer services are always available and the NHS is there for you. ”
If you are concerned about potential symptoms of cancer, please consult your GP. For more information, log onto Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership :: Parlons cancer (letstalkcancer.uk)
If you have symptoms of Covid-19, please do not come to your appointment. Take a PCR test and stay home. Don’t receive visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to take a test. Do not go to places like a GP’s office, hospital, or pharmacy.