Global Blood Tube Shortage
NHS England have informed us there is a global shortage of Blood Specimen Collection Bottles. GP Practices have been informed to STOP all non-urgent blood tests until 17th September. Only very urgent bloods will be taken.
National Guidance for Primary Care and community care
All primary care and community testing must be halted until 17 September 2021, except for clinically urgent testing. Examples of clinically urgent testing include:
- Bloods that are required to facilitate a two week wait referral
- Bloods that are extremely overdue and/or essential for safe prescribing of medication or monitoring of condition
- Bloods that if taken could avoid a hospital admission or prevent onward referral
- Those with suspected sepsis or conditions with a risk of death or disability
If you have a blood test booked with us, which is non urgent we will be cancelling your appointment. Please do not contact the surgery at this time to re-schedule your appointment as we are currently unable to rebook. Please call after the 17th September, preferably after 10am.
We will keep the practice website updated with further developments.
Thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we deal with this national shortage. Added: 27.8.2021
Government Covid-19 rules change for England on Monday 16th August
Public Health England confirmed face coverings and social distancing measures will remain in place across healthcare settings so that the most vulnerable people can continue to safely attend hospital, their GP surgery, pharmacy or any other healthcare settings for advice, care and treatment. Please continue to wear a face covering when attending the surgery.
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The Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated some of the most dramatic changes to working practice in the long history of the NHS. As we emerge into a 'new normal' we are coming to terms with what General Practice is going to look like. We are mindful of all the NHS guidance and how to interpret this in the local context.
It is very important to state that we are open for the business of General Practice. We want to hear from you if you have new health worries; we want to hear from you if you need medication reviews; we want to hear from you if you would expect to be attending for reviews of your long-term conditions (asthma, diabetes, hypertension etc). Much of this work will take place over the telephone or we will see you in person at the Surgery where needed. Social distancing measures and personal protective equipment will be in place to keep you safe.
Please call to discuss any health care needs you may have.
(Site updated 08/09/2021)