Getting Checked Early During the Pandemic

Getting Checked Early During the Pandemic

Your GP Practice want to hear from you

If you are worried about any new, unusual or persistent changes to your health that you think could be cancer, contact your GP practice today - they remain open during the Covid-19 pandemic and want to hear from you.  Our symptom checker helps you with the common signs and symptoms to look out for.

Symptom checker

Lung cancer and Covid-19

Some symptoms of lung cancer are similar to those of Covid-19, like a cough, but information on our lung cancer page will hopefully help you tell them apart. 

Visit lung cancer page

What you need to know during Covid-19

GP appointments
It’s important that you don’t contact your GP practice without an appointment – phone them first or follow instructions on the GP practice website, to arrange to speak to someone. 

Depending on your symptoms, you may not be offered a face-to-face appointment with a GP.  You may instead be offered a telephone or online video chat with your GP or another health professional based in your practice (i.e. a nurse). You can ask a friend or family member, as part of your household or extended bubble, to support you during the appointment. 

At the moment, your GP practice may have postponed your routine regular appointments, such as medicine reviews, check-ups, and annual health checks so it's important that you let your practice know if you've developed any symptoms since they last saw you, or a change in symptoms, so they can decide if you need to be seen. 

Face-to-face appointments
If you are sent for tests at a local hospital or community hub, please follow social distancing guidance. All possible measures are being taken to ensure patients and NHS staff stay safe throughout the pandemic, with GP practices and hospitals introducing new ways of working, to separate possible Covid-19 cases from other patients. 

If you are invited to a face-to-face appointment you may be asked not to bring a friend or relative with you, unless it’s completely necessary. Your friend or relative can help you prepare for any appointments by writing down questions to ask in advance, so you don’t forget. 

When you contact your GP practice or hospital, you'll need to wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth, unless you have a medical reason which prevents you from doing so. 

Don’t avoid getting help for symptoms because you’re worried about putting the NHS under pressure, or are concerned about catching the virus. Instead, remember, your health needs are just as important as they were before Covid-19.

Cancer screening

All adult screening programmes including bowel, cervical and breast have restarted in Scotland, following a short pause as a result of the pandemic. People across Scotland are now being invited to help play their part in finding cancer early. Find out more