By Kate Pickles Health Correspondent For The Daily Mail
Published: 23:30 GMT, 13 January 2021 | Updated: 23:30 GMT, 13 January 2021
Family doctors have been told to stop routine appointments and only help people facing medical emergencies during the vaccine rollout.
Guidelines issued to GPs say most surgeries should pause non-urgent appointments such as health checks, routine blood tests and medication reviews.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The guidance has been issued by the Royal College of GPs and the British Medical Association to help doctors to 'prioritise workload' during the pandemic.
Urgent appointments – such as suspected cancer – must go ahead as usual with face-to-face appointments offered where necessary, it states.
It comes as GP surgeries in London warned patients of the 'severe strain on health care in London' from coronavirus.
Guidelines issued to GPs say most surgeries should pause non-urgent appointments such as health checks, routine blood tests and medication reviews (stock photo)
Messages sent to patients in west London said the 'NHS has advised GPs to suspend all routine care, until further notice' and that surgeries 'are still open' – but were prioritising urgent care and those with symptoms that may reflect a serious underlying medical condition.