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Help do your bit for the local NHS

NHS teams across the Vale of York are asking patients and the public to help do their bit as GP practices, primary and community healthcare teams try to manage another surge on vital services.

The surge in demand for NHS services coincides with a large number of staff illnesses and absence including having to self-isolate because of COVID-19 which is stretching services even harder after more than a year of managing the pandemic.  This might mean that planned appointments need to be rearranged or delayed at short notice.

NHS teams, still face challenges in treatment areas, surgeries and homes because of the need to follow strict infection control measures to ensure patients and staff continue to be safe.

To help cope with these pressures and ensure the people who need care the most can get it the NHS is asking people to:

Dr Nigel Wells, Clinical Chair at NHS Vale of York CCG, said: "Every part of our system is currently under extreme pressure so please think carefully about choosing the right NHS service for your needs. Every day we are seeing increasing numbers of NHS staff having to isolate, making things even tougher.

"I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to those working within our NHS system under huge pressure at the moment whilst continuing to maintain high standards of care for patients."

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