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Shortage of blood test bottles

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.

Weekend access and 111

       During the winter months, Covid infections have risen sharply in London and this has led to increased demand for hospital care.
  • Please be aware the 111 service is currently under extreme pressure in our area. GP surgeries are open from 08:00 to 18:30 (core hours), except on weekends and bank holidays.
  • Please call 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk  when the GP surgeries are closed
  • If you have a medical emergency, please dial 999 as usual

Urgent and routine problems

The NHS is very busy responding to the coronavirus pandemic and, at certain times, your GP practice may need to prioritise patients with the most urgent health needs. 

If you have a health issue that isn’t urgent, advice is available on the NHS website www.nhs.uk or NHS app or you can speak to your local pharmacist. You can also use e-consult which is available through our practice website . 

Please continue to attend tests, vaccinations and screening when invited.  

www.111.nhs.uk is also available 24/7 for urgent health advice or by calling 111, and 999 is for emergencies.”   ‘

Current situation

Dear Patients

As you will be aware, the Covid 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 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  link below.

Your online form will be reviewed by a clinician and you will be contacted back with a text.

You will either be contacted by the surgery to ask you more questions or you will receive a text on what to do next.

Thanks CGMC