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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/

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As part of improving patient access , the practice continues to offer:

  • Access to our practice via telephone/online and our reception is also open;
  • Face to face appointments based upon your assessment of clinical need following a discussion between the clinician and the patient
  • On-line access for a proportion of our  appointments;
  • E-consultation (or equivalent) platform,  during core hours Monday-Friday 08:00-18:30, and;
  • Information about our  services via our  practice website.

Due to the likelihood of a surge in infections from variant B.1.617- (London already has the highest number of cases) the practice will offer a face to face consultation only after a clinical assessment through discussion.

For  chronic diseases and related health problems, the "management " includes-

  1. offering consultation and, where appropriate, physical examination for the purposes of identifying the need, if any, for treatment or further investigation; and
  2. making available such treatment or further investigation as is necessary and appropriate, including the referral of the patient for other services under the Act and liaison with other health care professionals involved in the patient’s treatment and care.

For patients concerned that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances.  These can be accessed at: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

The isolation note service can be accessed via https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/ or https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/, as well as via the NHS app.

Antibody testing: The government is at the beginning of  antibody testing programme, and are prioritising NHS and care home staff who would like to be tested. Please visit the website for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-antibody-tests/coronavirus-covid-19-antibody-tests

With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.

EPS 4 Phase:

We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically .

Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.

You will receive your prescriptions in the same way as you do now.

Read more about EPS on the NHS website.

Integrated Care Record

Your integrated care record will include test results, medications, allergies and social health and wellbeing information relevant to your care.

Your information will be shared with other professionals treating you, such as hospitals, social care services and mental health and community care.

The information will be protected by Data Protection Act 1998.

You have the choice to share your integrated care record and who can see it.

If you do not wish to share the information, please inform the Reception in writing. We will then update your records to reflect that you have chosen to 'opt- out' of sharing your integrated care record.

New Registrations

We are accepting new patients at present. However, due to the safety , we advise you to do it online. Therefore, please down load the GMS 1 form using the following link https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/826307/GMS1-family-doctor-services-registration-form.pdf  and complete our new patient registration form attached here:

Alperton Medical Centre NewRegistration form 2016.rtf

Once completed, please email to BRECCG. AlpertonMedicalCentre@ nhs.net

Please visit us to find out more.

Patient Participation Group

We are inviting our patients to join our patient partiipation group.

The purpose of the PPG is to promote the benefits of the patients of the practice without discrimination or prejudice. It helps us to conduct surveys and research to establish what matters to patients.

If you are interested in joining, please speak to the Reception Team.

SMS Messages

We now have the facility to remind you of your  appointment and inform about blood test results by sending you a text message. if you do  not wish to get reminders or call us on your given contact number, please let the reception team know.

Phlebotomy Clinic

 From May 2017, the practice is running a phlebotomy clinic for our own registered patients. This is done by appointment and initiated by the clinician.

Self Help and Self Referral

Self help and Self Referral

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