We have been advised by NHS England of a national shortage of blood specimen tubes.  This is due to a global problem with supply of these items. 

In order to preserve supplies for people that urgently need blood tests, the NHS has been advised to reduce non urgent tests and to delay routine tests where it is safe to do so.  All GP practices across the country have been asked to cancel non urgent blood tests.

The practice has clinically assessed all scheduled blood tests and will be cancelling those which are not clinically urgent.  They will be rebooked as soon as supplies allow.

If you are booked in for a blood test, we will let you know individually if your appointment has been cancelled.  In some circumstances, you may still be asked to attend your planned appointment with the nurse so that we can complete other checks such as blood pressure.

We understand that this will cause frustration for many patients but we hope you will understand that this is completely out of our hands and that we are acting directly in line with the instructions we have received from NHS England.  We would like to offer our sincere apologies for the inconvenience this may cause.

Proxy Access

In order to support our patients during the COVID 19 pandemic we have made some changes to the way we register proxy access on behalf of patients.  If you would like to obtain access to Patient Online to order medication or book appointments on behalf of someone you care for (e.g. a child or elderly relative), please read the Patient Information leaflet carefully and then complete and return the Consent Form via the method explained in the leaflet.

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