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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.

 

If you or someone else is in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the police. If you are unable to speak you can use the Silent Solution system from a mobile phone: call 999 and then press 55. The operator will then put you through to the police.

The police will try to communicate with you by asking simple yes or no questions. If you are not able to speak, listen carefully to the questions and instructions from the call handler so they can assess your call and arrange help if needed.

Practice Pharmacists

We have  pharmacists in the practice team now who can treat you for minor ailments and help you with medication queries.

NHS Brent Health App

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched the free app in response to calls from patient groups. Brent Health App’s purpose is threefold:

  • To communicate health news
  • Help find local services
  • Provide healthcare information.

Users can also book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions, access summary medical records, find local services and use as a symptom checker.

To add the app to your phone for free, search Brent Health App in Apple App Store or Google Play.

Sharps Bins

The practice no longer accepts the disposal of sharps bins from patients. Kindly call the Brent Council for more information.

The following link will be useful for your guidance:

https://www.brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/recycling-and-waste/types-of-collection/household-clinical-waste-collection/

Home Visits

Doctor's bagWhilst we encourage our patients to come to the surgery, where we have the proper equipment and facilities available, we do appreciate this is not always possible. In this respect, if you do need a home visit, you can help us by calling reception before 10:00.

You may only request a home visit if you are housebound or are too ill to visit the practice. Your GP will only visit you at home if they think that your medical condition requires it and will also decide how urgently a visit is needed. Please bear this in mind and be prepared to provide suitable details to enable the doctor to schedule house calls

You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.

 
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