10:16 26 December 2013
Professor Keith Willett, NHS England’s national clinical director for acute care, warned people not to put off getting medical assistance just because it’s the holidays. He said that during holiday season, thousands of people delay their medical check ups making their condition worse. He said that these delays often result to individuals being admitted to hospitals as an emergency.
“We should be doing all we can to stop illnesses starting by keeping well and through vaccinations but also by responding promptly when illness starts, particularly in those that are vulnerable.”
“There is often a desire to soldier on to the New Year, to avoid the holiday being interrupted, not to ‘make a fuss’, ‘bother the Dr’ or ask a favour of friends and family. My message is simple - if you feel unwell, do seek help or advice early, nip it in the bud and prevent it becoming more serious.”
He added: “My message is simple - look after yourself and others this Christmas. If you, a friend or relative does feel unwell over the holiday, do not soldier on to the New Year but seek early advice.”
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