03/09/2021 Blood tests – routine blood tests postponed
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician feels that it is appropriate to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.
04.06.2021 Blood Test at C&W Hospital
From 1st June 2021 patients must book their blood test online
We have gone live with an online booking system for blood tests to ensure safe social distancing in the department.
Referrals from the GP will not be accepted as walk-ins and an appointment must be booked online.
Please click on the links below to see how to book your appointment.
GP Blood Test Patient Poster (2)
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Dear patient if you are over 70years old, you are now due for your First dose of the Covid -19 vaccination.
If you have not been called yet for an appointment please give us a call asap so that we can book you in.
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Dear patient we are now booking over 70years old for their first dose of Covid -19 vaccination.
If you have not been called yet and you are over 70years old please give us a call so that we can book you in.
As you will be aware, the COVID-19 rates of infection have increased to significant levels in our area.
At the same time we need to maximise our work of vaccinating patients with the COVID-19 vaccine.
We have been advised to free up time with our team to help look after patients with emergencies and protect patients with the vaccine.
If your problem is an emergency then please call 999
If you need to contact the practice with other symptoms or queries please use the eConsult.
Your online form will be reviewed by a clinician and you will be contacted back with a text within 48 hours.
If you don’t receive any reply from us please give us a call after two days.
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