PATIENTS in Inverclyde are being reminded that access to GPs and dentists is still available during lockdown.

The council and Inverclyde Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) are backing a new primary care campaign to encourage people to continue to seek medical assistance if they require it.

It comes amid growing concern that some people have been put off from seeking help due to the focus on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Practices for GPs, dentists and opticians are still open despite the current lockdown restrictions, as well as pharmacies which can offer advice and treatment.

The campaign also encourages those who are struggling with their mental health to seek help.

Councillor Robert Moran, health and social care convener, said: “We are being told to stay at home to help slow the spread of Covid-19 and I encourage people to please continue to do that.

“But that doesn’t mean that people’s health should suffer.

"GPs, dentists, opticians and pharmacies are still open and here to help.

“I urge people: please don’t suffer in silence.

"If you have any concerns about any aspects of your health, continue to contact our first class health professionals who are there to help.”

People are encouraged to call their GP, dentist, optician or pharmacist in the first instance to avoid any unnecessary journeys.

Practice staff will then advise whether an appointment in-person is required.

More information about primary care services, including mental health support, can be found at or call NHS24 on 111.