Hello my name is Alison and I live in Blackburn. I recently had a video consultation with my GP. I'd noticed some areas of pigmentation and one in particular on my chest had gone from brown to quite pinky red.
I have a lot of pigmentation, it's partly due to age and probably my love of holidays, I do like the sun.
At the same time that the area of pigmentation changed, I noticed a lump on the back of my neck start to grow. So, I knew about Basal Cell Carcinomas because I'd had two in my late 20s and I also knew about the incredible pressure that the NHS were currently facing, so I did nothing.
A few months later, I saw a video from my GP, Dr Neil Smith, and he was reminding people that the NHS are still open and that anybody with any concerns at all about cancer were urged to contact their GP.
So, the next day I called my GP and one of the GPs from my practice called me back and explained how to download an app, which I did, it was really straightforward. We had a video consultation and during that consultation he was able to view the areas of concern and from that he referred me to Burnley Hospital.
I attended Burnley Hospital about a week later and it was so well organised and I felt incredibly safe. I waited about five minutes and the consultant from the dermatology department thoroughly examined me and then I signed the consent forms for the procedure.
I was back about three weeks later having the procedure and again felt incredibly safe. It's really really well organised and now I'm just waiting for the results of the biopsies.
I'd encourage anybody who had any concerns about cancer to contact their GP. The video consultations are extremely easy and very straightforward and it's just better to know.