Don’t delay seeking medical help because of coronavirus

People living in Bath and North East Somerset are being advised not to let worries about coronavirus stop them asking for medical help for themselves or their children if they become ill, have a serious accident or have a concern about their health. 

They are also being warned that not seeking medical help for symptoms that could be the early warning signs of serious conditions such as cancer could be putting lives at risk.

The warning comes as new data shows a considerable drop in the number of people coming forward to ask their GP for help and advice during the coronavirus outbreak.

Recent statistics show that, in Bath alone, the total number of weekly referrals from GPs to the Royal United Hospital have fallen from around 2,000 at the beginning of March to 300 at the end of April.

Dr Ruth Grabham, Medical Director at BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG, said the statistics made for worrying reading because the drop in numbers  “is not because people are not experiencing symptoms.”

“While it may seem that coronavirus has put a stop to most aspects of everyday life, the one thing it hasn’t stopped is what’s going on inside our bodies,” she says. “Now more than ever, we need to pay attention to anything that isn’t normal and seek help early on.

“For example, if you notice blood when going to the toilet, or if you’ve found a lump that wasn’t there previously, or if you’ve just noticed something odd that is causing you to worry, you need to speak to your GP.

“Should the symptom be the early warning sign of something serious like cancer, that delay in seeking help could have serious implications for how successful possible treatments may be.”

Although GP practices across the region have adopted new ways of working, such as establishing isolated clinics for potential coronavirus patients, the practices themselves are still open to offer care, treatment, advice and peace-of-mind.

The same also goes for emergency departments at the three hospitals in Bath, Swindon and Salisbury, all of which continue to be open 24 hours a day for people with a genuine and life-threatening health concern.

Additionally, all healthcare facilities in the region, as well as those elsewhere in the country, have put in place stringent infection control measures to ensure that the risk of contracting coronavirus while visiting a hospital or GP surgery remains low.

Coronavirus response

Members of Whitchurch Village Council are happy to help those self-isolating due to COVID-19.
A copy of this leaflet will be delivered to residents shortly.

Please ring 01275 839873 and arrangements will be made to help you.

Click for copy of the leaflet


History Society – Announcement from the Secretary: Geoff Gardiner

The Committee has decided to cancel /postpone the meetings scheduled for March, April and May for obvious reasons.

I hope the talks will be re-booked for next season.

We will take a later view on when /how there will be an AGM.

I am sorry to send you this ‘instruction’ but I expect you all realise that, apart from the government’s advice, the Society does have a duty of care for its members and appreciates that most of you are within the categories specified today.

I’ll be in touch as and when we can see where we will be going later on.



Playpark Questionnaire

Thank you to all those who completed the questionnaire.
We are now in the process of analysing the results and will keep you
updated as we work on this project.


Please come and join members of
Whitchurch Village Council
clean up our Village as part of
The Great British Spring Clean 2020

from 10.00.a.m. – 12.00.noon

Meet at

Whitchurch Community Centre
Light refreshments will be served after

All welcome!!



Quiz Night at Chew Valley School – Friday 27th March

Join us for the legendary quiz night and hot chilli supper
Test those brain cells, enjoy some healthy competition and feast on some fabulous food. And it’s all for a great community cause – Chew Valley School.


Local businesses, community organisations, families and friends are all welcome to take part.
Maximum six players per team. Not got a team? Come along anyway and we’ll match you up with your new best friends!


Supper provided by Bumblebee Foods and is included in the ticket price. Vegan/vegetarian options available. Licensed bar on the night, and a prize raffle too.


Please join us for a fun night out in the Chew Valley!
Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start in the main hall at Chew Valley School.
£10pp including chilli supper
Tickets available on Eventbrite and at school reception 01275 332272.