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​​​​​​​Patients and the public must continue to seek medical help for serious conditions during this COVID-19 pandemic

The Academy of Royal Medical Colleges has published a statement encouraging the public to continue seeking medical help during the coronavirus outbreak, even if it isn’t COVID-19-related.

The RCP is in full support of the statement and want to put patients’ minds at rest when it comes to reaching out for medical support.

Dr Gareth Hynes, joint Oxford Deanery representative to the trainee committee of the Royal College of Physicians said: 'A quick note for anyone worried about coming to hospital because they think they might catch Coronavirus.

'We want to tell you that we’ve been working flat out, night and day, to make sure our NHS hospitals are ready. Ready to not only give best-in-the-world care to patients with Coronavirus, but also to make sure every other patient who needs hospital care receives it without contracting Coronavirus.'

'In order to do this we need to be honest. We may look a little different. The hand that holds yours may be gloved and the smile that we have for you may be hidden behind a mask now. But know that we are smiling, and that our hand is there.

'If you need us, we will be there. #wevegotyou'

Professor Donal O’Donoghue, RCP registrar said: 'COVID-19 has changed all of our lives and put an extraordinary strain on our NHS, but that doesn’t mean that other illnesses and ailments no longer exist.

'Medical professionals are here to support everyone when they’re unwell – not just those who are ill with COVID-19.

'If you have an underlying health condition or are in need of medical attention, please don’t hesitate to get help from the NHS before your condition worsens.'