We have been informed that there is a critical global shortage of blood specimen bottles.
This has resulted in the need to cancel routine blood test appointments.
Our GP’s are reviewing every patient currently booked in for a blood test to assess the clinical need for the test.
Those patients who the GP has identified as having a CLINICALLY URGENT need for the test should still attend the surgery for their appointment.
If your planned blood test is routine, or non-urgent, we will contact you to confirm the cancellation of this appointment.
Please DO NOT contact the surgery to re-arrange your appointment as we do not know when stocks will be readily available, and when we will be in a position to re-book your appointment.
We will contact you to re-arrange your appointment once the situation becomes clearer.
We are currently experiencing staff shortages due to illness and isolation, and as such our phonelines will be closed between 12pm and 2pm
If you require urgent medical attention please call 999
For non-urgent medical advice, please call 111, or visit www.111.nhs.uk
We apologise for any difficulties you may have in contacting the Surgery, and thank you for your continued patience and understanding
Please DO NOT attend any of our surgeries if you have respiratory or covid symptoms without discussing with one of the team over the telephone first.Following the Government’s announcement regarding the easing of restrictions from Monday 19th July, Gas House Lane Surgery will still require that all patients and visitors to the practice continue to wear face coverings whilst in the building (unless they are under the age of 11 or have a medical exemption).
We further request that patients respectfully retain social distancing measures as before, using their good judgement, although the reminder signs will remain in place.
Whilst we acknowledge the steps taken to re-establish previous practices, we also recognise that the pandemic is still very much with us, particularly in our region, and the health, safety and well-being of our staff and patients is, and will continue to be, of paramount importance.
We therefore kindly request that these measures are adhered to, face masks are worn and that a respectful space is given to each other.
We are currently operating on reduced staffing, taking into account leave and isolation.
We very much appreciate your continued support and understanding.
Our goal is to provide easy access to a wide range of quality medical services. Everyone within our Primary Health Care Team is committed to providing the best care we possibly can. We will involve patients in making decisions about their healthcare and will always take patients’ opinions into account during their treatment and when developing services. We aim to treat all patients with dignity and respect, providing the same care irrespective of race, gender, religion, age or medical condition.
For urgent appointments outside our normal surgery hours, please call NHS 111.
You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help.