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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.

Flu Season

Patients may be eligible for a Free Flu Vaccination, please contact the surgery to enquire and book with our Nurse.

•patients aged 65 years or over

•patients aged from 6 months to less than 65 years of age in a clinical risk group such as:

  •  chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
  •  chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability
  • diabetes
  • asplenia or splenic dysfunction
  • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
  • morbidly obese adults (aged from 16 years) with a BMI >40kg/m2
  • all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)

• patients living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions or university halls of residence

• patients who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare maybe at risk if the carer falls ill

• household contacts of immune-compromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable

• health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable5 patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza

Face to Face Appointments!

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic,

Patients should only attend the surgery if they have a face to face appointment. GP appointments will initially be via Telephone. If you have been asked to attend the surgery for your appointment, please make sure you arrive on time and no earlier, and wear a face covering / mask.

We are operating a one way system, please follow the signs to exit the surgery.

For all other queries you can use our new online service eConsult to contact a clinician. Alternatively, please call the surgery.

Prescriptions

We will no longer be printing paper prescriptions for collection. Patients can visit any pharmacy to collect their medication that has been prescribed. 

For all prescription queries please email prescription.ephc@nhs.net – Repeat paper prescriptions can be posted in the letter box on the surgery front gates.

New Patient Registrations 

Step 1. Complete and submit the GMS1 form online via the surgery website. Step 2. Print, complete and sign the registration form and submit in person at the surgery along with your I.D for verification. (1 form of photographic identification e.g Passport or Driving Licence and 1 Proof of address e.g Utility Bill or Bank Statement)
You will not be able to complete forms on site. Do not visit the surgery if you have developed a cough or fever.
Please ensure that your forms are fully completed and that you attend with all necessary I.D  and documents to be verified when returning with completed forms.