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FROM NHS ENGLAND
- Across Lancashire and South Cumbria we are taking urgent action to rearrange some routine blood tests so that we can make sure testing is prioritised for those who absolutely need it.
- 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. Where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so 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.
Unfortunately, given current circumstances, we are experiencing unpredictability in the numbers of doctors and nurses that we have available for appointments. Because of this we are trying to book appointments on the day rather than in advance.
We are aware that at certain times of the day , there can be difficulties getting through on the phone and we would ask, where possible, that you try to book your appointment on line. To enable this , we have increased the number of appointments available to be booked on line.
Where it is not possible to book on line, you will still be able to telephone the surgery to book an appointment.
Once again, we thank you for your patience.
Coronavirus COVID 19 – Safer Travel Guidance for Passengers
We have had a number of contacts from patients requesting face covering exemption letters.
There is no requirement for a letter or certificate in relation to face coverings. We do not provide these.
If you are an employer, please do not ask your employees to seek letters from us.
Please see the gov.uk website for more information https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers
Dr's Griffin, Lakeland, Gee, Miller, Kaleem and Emerald.
Our front door will remain closed for now, however we will be inviting patients who are elderly and those with young babies to wait inside the surgery where appropriate for their appointment.
When visiting the surgery you must wear a mask, if you do not have one, one will be provided for you.
You will have your temperature checked by a member of staff before you are invited inside.
Where possible please attend alone. Frail or elderly patients may be accompanied by a carer if needed.
Patients will be able to socially distance in the waiting room and we advise that you also be aware of distancing outside the surgery. At busy times there can be a number of people waiting at the door, but the guidelines regarding distancing still apply. This is for your safety and the safety of others.
As always thank you for your understanding.
The surgery is open on a Saturday morning from 8am - 12 noon.
The service offered is for pre-booked appointments and also a limited amount of appointments which are bookable on the day.
Please note that once our availability is full if your condition is urgent you will be directed by the receptionist to the out of hours 111 service.
In a genuine emergency you should call 999. Chest pains and / or shortness of breath constitute an emergency.
JUST FOUND OUT YOU'RE PREGNANT?
Self Referral Service
As soon as you find out you are pregnant you have the option to book your maternity care directly with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals instead of seeing your GP. An on-line booking form and further information is available at https://www.lancsteachinghospitals.nhs.uk/pregnancy-self-referral
When you submit the form the booking team will arrange your first booking appointment and also notify your GP of your pregnancy. There is also a direct referral telephone line that women can use in office hours - 01772 524726
Are you eligible?
Were you are born on or after 1st September 1996, and have not yet had your 25th birthday?
If so, did you have your MenACWY vaccination at school? (You may need to ask your mum or us.)
If you have not had your MenACWY vaccination, please contact the surgery to make an appointment or to discuss with the nurse.
MenW is rising rapidly. Cases have been nearly doubling each year, so MenACWY vaccine was introduced in 2015.
- MenW is a particularly virulent strain. It causes severe disease in healthy young people and is harder to spot and more likely to kill than other strains.
- Vaccination with MenACWY also protects you against other strains. You'll also be protected against MenA, MenC and MenY meningitis and septicaemia.
- Getting vaccinated will help stop the spread of MenW. This means that other people are less likely to get MenW, including your friends and family.
- You are at greater risk of getting MenW. Teenagers and young adults have a higher risk than other age groups.
- Vaccination with MenACWY vaccine will protect you and stop the spread of this virulent strain.
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