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.
• Please be aware the 111 service is currently under extreme pressure in our area. GP surgeries are open as normal, except on weekends and bank holidays.
• If you need non-covid medical help this weekend, please call your practice at any time - you will be advised of the extended hours GP service for your area.
• If you have COVID symptoms, please go to www.111.nhs.uk or call 111. In a medical emergency, you should dial 999 as usual. Thank you for supporting the NHS.
• For a routine appointment at this practice, please call back on Monday or fill out the eConsult form on our website to receive a response within 2 working days.
The Covid-19 vaccine mobilisation has started in Westminster with the most clinically vulnerable groups as defined by the UK government being offered the vaccine first.
Please do not contact your practice for this - you will be contacted as vaccines are delivered.
Our initial wave begins December 18th/19th with a very small number of vaccines being delivered. Eligible patients will be contacted. Priority is for the oldest, most high risk patients first.
Thereafter we will begin at a larger scale in January. This will take place at Lord's Cricket Ground and the South Westminster Centre.
Covid-19 Patient Safety:
Please do not come into the surgery unless we ask you to. We are following strict infection control guidelines to protect patients and staff. All contact must be made initially by phone.
You may contact us on the usual number 020 7266 1449. If you need medical attention we will arrange for you to be seen at the most appropriate location.
Please wear a mask when attending the practice.
PROPOSED PRACTICE MERGER:
The proposed merger between Woodfield Road Surgery and Westbourne Green Surgery will not be going ahead although the Practices will continue to work closely together in the future.
Many thanks to all our patients who completed questionnaires or contacted us during the planning process, your input was very much appreciated.
Pride in Practice Gold Award
Over the past few months we have been working on and have completed the Pride in Practice quality assurance programme. We are proud to announce that we achieved Gold standard were awarded a plaque by the LGBT foundation.
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