Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has appealed to anyone who is suffering the symptoms of having a heart attack or stroke not to hesitate getting medical help or phoning 999.
The party’s local Health spokesperson said “I am very concerned at what I am hearing from health professionals locally that some people who are suffering the symptoms of having a heart attack or stroke are avoiding seeking medical assistance due to the fear of having to go to a hospital with COVID-19.
“Its fully understandable that people are fearful of the coronavirus and going near any hospital at this time. But I would like to make an appeal for people who are feeling sick not to hesitate getting medical help or phoning 999.Local hospitals are fully equipped to deal with patients who need urgent treatment during this current pandemic.
“I was speaking to one constituent whose wife has a serious medical condition and took ill in the past week , was fearful of going to the hospital and stayed home but had to be rushed in the next day and received treatment. Her family want to thank the Ambulance crew and staff at Altnagelvin Hospital who went out of their way to help in these very trying circumstances.
“So my appeal is don’t hesitate if you feel unwell make the call for help.