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SHORTAGE OF BLOOD TAKING EQUIPMENT

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 recommends that it’s safe 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.

FACE MASKS.

While certain COVID-19 restrictions are set to ease from the 19th of July as a health provider we politely ask that all patient attending St. Vincent Medical Centre or Hollybush Health Centre continue to wear face covering until further notice.  This is to ensure that we are taking every possible precaution to protect our patients and team members.

We would like to update you on how are services are running here at the surgery.

For the foreseeable future, many GP appointments will continue to be carried out over the phone through e-consultation or video consultation, if there is a clinical need for you to come into the practice you WILL be booked a face to face appointment.  We have also begun to introduce routine face to face appointments to our rotas.  You will be asked which appointment you would prefer when you call the surgery.

The Nursing Team are working hard to ensure their service is running as normally as possible.

Covid vaccines are now available to everybody over 18, all patients will be contacted in due course.

If you have an appointment to come into the surgery please:

Attend alone

Wear a face covering

Come as close to your appointment time as possible

DO NOT attend if you have any signs or symptoms of Covid-19

We appreciate that the telephone lines can be busy, we are working as hard as possible to keep any delay to a minimum, alternatively please email non-urgent queries to donccg.77thorneroadreception@nhs.net

Face Coverings 

We are beginning to increase the patients coming to the Practice, if you are attend we ask that you wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose ,such as multi layered scarf, if you do not have a mask. This is to protect both you and our staff. Please bear with the staff when attending, they are doing their very best to keep both you and us as safe as possible.

 

Face coverings do NOT replace social distancing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, and/or high temperature, and/or loss of, or change in your normal sense of smell or taste – anosmia), do NOT attend the surgery, you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does NOT change this. You should arrange to have a test for COVID-19 via gov.uk or calling 119.

Clinics & Services

Child Health and Immunisation 

All new babies are invited for regular check-ups from eight weeks old. All childhood immunisations are given by the practice nurse during baby clinic.  

Family Planning

All the doctors and nurses can provide contraceptive advice and arrangements can be made for coil, cap and implant fittings.  Please discuss your needs with the doctor. 

Minor Surgery

Minor operations can be done in our treatment room. Please discuss this with your doctor who will then arrange for you to be given an appointment.

Diabetes 

Led by our nursing team, this clinic offers advice and general health check-ups to patients diagnosed with diabetes.

Asthma & COPD

We offer patients who suffer with Asthma and COPD an appointment with our nurses who specialise in these illnesses for advice and support.

Vaccinations/Immunisations

Adult immunisations are given by the nurse during the week, by appointment.  Vaccinations necessary for travel are also given in the practice, in the travel clinic.  

Cervical Smears

A recall system is operated by the Cytology Department.  You will be notified by them when your cervical smear is due, please contact the surgery to make an appointment with the practice nurse.

Ante-Natal Clinic

If you are thinking of becoming, or already are pregnant, start taking folic acid. If a home pregnancy test is positive, you can register with the midwife without seeing a doctor. Please complete a referral form (which can be obtained from reception), your details will then be passed onto the midwife who will contact you to arrange an appointment.  

Postnatal Checks

This is an important routine check following the birth of your child. It is done six weeks after delivery.

 
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