29 April 2020
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has resulted in a decrease in people accessing NHS services for a range of conditions that are not related to coronavirus.
The decrease includes people attending A&E departments for urgent and emergency medical issues, such as stroke and heart attacks; cancer patients attending their ongoing treatments; and expectant mothers attending for regular scans.
The NHS ‘Open for business’ campaign has been created to help address this issue by encouraging people to access NHS services when they need to and reassuring them they won’t be a burden on the NHS.
The NHS is here to support your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as your physical health.
You should continue to access your mental health services as usual. We are also still open for new referrals into most of our services, via your GP or online.
If you are in a crisis and need help right now, then you should call our 24 hour helpline 0300 1234 244. You can call this number to get help or advice in a crisis from our trained mental health advisors and clinicians, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.