07/09/2021 – Disruption to supply of blood tube products
There is currently a global shortage of blood tubes used for taking blood tests which is having a significant impact on the services we deliver. Anyone who needs a blood test for urgent health problems will still get one. However, where it’s safe to do so, your clinician may ask you to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
If you are booked in for a blood test or are waiting for one, we are reviewing all requests to find out if it needs to be taken urgently, or if your test can wait until there are sufficient blood bottles available.
Given the nature of the shortage, they may not be able to give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, you will get a test. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.
14/07/2021 – Guidance on wearing face masks in healthcare facilities
NHS England has confirmed that following the Prime Minister’s announcement that face coverings and social distancing will still be required in Healthcare Facilities.
The safety of both our staff and our patients is of paramount importance and face coverings or face masks should be worn by patients in a practice setting. We expect that all patients who are able to do so will follow these recommendations to protect our vulnerable patients and staff.