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Change to medical attention pathway for people in Lanarkshire with Covid-19

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From today people in Lanarkshire who feel unwell with symptoms of Covid-19 and think they need medical attention are being advised to make their GP practice their first point of call.In a change to the current pathway, from March 31 those with symptoms of the virus and seeking medical attention are being asked not to call NHS 24 on 111 and instead call their GP during their practice opening hours.This is in line with with what is already in place for all other respiratory conditions.If help and advice is required out of hours, then 111 should still be called.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android NHS Lanarkshire are also reminding people that their own website offers help and advice and features “Meet the Experts”, which highlights a range of services that local healthcare professionals across Lanarkshire can provide.

Visiting the website can help signpost patients and reduce the numbers of those attending their GP first or facing a lengthy wait in A&E departments.Information on Covid-19 and other health issues is also still available on the NHS Inform webpage.Dr Linda Findlay, medical director, South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Although many of the pandemic measures within the general community are relaxing, it’s vital people are aware that Covid is still very much with us

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