A new persistent cough isn't always COVID-19
February 17, 2021
Doctors in Sefton are concerned that people who develop a persistent cough automatically assume it is COVID-19 related.
And are not seeking advice from their GP, when in fact it could be a sign of lung cancer.
Sefton health professionals are urging residents with any signs or symptoms of cancer to contact their GPs to discuss concerns. Early diagnosis of lung cancer can save lives.
Dr Debbie Harvey, Macmillan GP and cancer clinical lead at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:
If you have any of the Coronavirus symptoms – a new, persistent cough, a high temperature, or a change or loss in your sense of taste or smell – you should book a test online or by calling 119 and self-isolate. If you still have a persistent cough after receiving a negative coronavirus test result or after recovering from Coronavirus, please contact your GP to be assessed.
Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and cancer clinical lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG said:
If you need medical help from your GP practice, contact them online, by an app or by phone. If you need urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service. If you cannot get help online, call 111. If it is a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 999.”
Information about signs and symptoms of lung cancer: