Important message from Canterbury GPs during alert level four

People should be contacting their family doctor, or seeking care at an urgent doctors, as they normally would, during the Level 4 management period.

“It is important that you remain healthy and have your usual check-ups, renew prescriptions and talk to your family doctor about health issues,” Canterbury Primary Response Group Clinical Lead Dr Phil Schroeder said today.

“If people don’t seek advice in the usual way, then we risk a large number of people becoming unwell and requiring extra care, some in hospital,” he said.

“Please phone your family doctor as usual for an appointment. The initial appointment may be by phone or if you can, video, and GPs will see you in person where required.”

“Many pharmacies are running delivery services, if you decide not to go out to fill prescriptions,” he said.

“If you do have COVID-19 symptoms then call your family doctor or free-call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.”

COVID-19 symptoms include a cough, fever, or shortness of breath.