ROUTINE BLOOD TESTS HAVE RESUMED!
Normal blood testing can be resumed in primary and community care, stocks permitting. The issue is not completely resolved as acute trusts, community hospitals and mental health trusts are still restricted to clinically urgent blood tests only. We are therefore working through our backlog over at least the next 8 weeks, to avoid a surge in demand for blood collection bottles.
We have reorganised all our postponed blood tests starting next week, but the backlog means new routine blood appointments will be booked from November onwards.
If you need bloods for a hospital appointment prior to mid October, we do not have any spare appointments here so please ring the hospital phlebotomy department to arrange the blood test in their clinics which are held daily from 9am to 1pm. Their telephone number is 01305 254822 and the booking line is open from 9 till 2pm.
As always, thank you for your understanding of these events beyond our control.
Flu Clinics 2021
Our flu clinics this year will be held on the following dates:
Saturday 9th October (at Portesham Village Hall, patients aged over 65 only);
Saturday 23rd October (at the Surgery, all patients aged over 50 or under 50 and clinically at risk)
Friday 29th October (at LATCH, Litton Cheney, all patients aged over 50, or under 50 and clinically at risk).
Saturday 6 November (portesham Surgery) . All patients moved from postponed clinic on 25/09/21
All our clinics are currently fully booked as we are waiting for confirmation of delivery dates before adding more appointments (to avoid having to contact and re-arrange appointments again). Please ring or email us to add your name to our waiting list and we will contact you with an appointment as soon as we can. We expect to be able to book everyone in by early November.
Housebound patients: we are arranging for you to have a home visit from a district nurse or community paramedic in the next few weeks.
If you need to telephone about flu appointments please do so after 11am as the phone lines are very busy first thing.
Due to the continuing pressure on Primary Care appointments, the Mid-Dorset practices (who worked together so successfully to deliver our COVID vaccination programme at the Atrium Health Centre in Dorchester) are unable to offer the COVID booster programme without seriously affecting our ability to deliver the normal healthcare services to all our patients.
NHS England is sending letters out to every as they become eligible for their booster (which has to be given 6 months after your second vaccination). The letters give instructions on how to book an appointment at a pharmacy site or mass vaccination centre locally, so please follow the instructions in the letter and ring 119 or go online to book your booster appointment. Pharmacies are also sending out texts with links to book the appointment.
We are sorry that we cannot put the clinics on at the Atrium, as it was very convenient for everyone, but we just don't have enough staff to run the clinics on top of the normal workload at this busiest time of year.
For our housebound patients we will be arranging a visit from our community paramedics or district nurses, as we did for your first vaccinations.
Important update for all our patients
Medical settings are a higher risk environment and will need to be subject to more control measures than other public facilities. We are acting very cautiously and are maintaining:
- Face coverings
- Social distancing
- PPE for healthcare staff
The Delta variant is more transmissible (and for those doubly vaccinated they are closer to the common cold) so patients may come to the surgery when they are contagious without realising. It is our duty to do all we can to keep both our patients and staff safe whilst we deliver our care. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.
IMPORTANT - UPCOMING DATES WHEN THE SURGERY AND DISPENSARY WILL BE CLOSED FOR STAFF TRAINING
Tuesday 15th November 2021 3.30pm - 6.30pm
Please note that the surgery and dispensary will be closed during these times, so please ensure you have made the relevant collection arrangements for prescriptions prior to this.