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Out-patients: Attendance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st April 2020.

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Photo of Emma Hardy Emma Hardy Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether high-risk people that are social distancing should still attend routine, non-urgent medical appointments.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Holding answer received on 25 March 2020

We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

We advise everyone to access medical assistance remotely, wherever possible. However, if individuals have a scheduled hospital or other medical appointment during this period, they should talk to their general practitioner or specialist to ensure they continue to receive the care they need and determine which appointments are absolutely essential.

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