Blood Specimen Collection Supply Disruption

A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests. NHS England have therefore issued guidance to GPs that all non-urgent blood tests should be halted.

Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one, but where your GP recommends that it’s safe 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 us as you would normally.

Named Accountable GP

Named Accountable GP

By 30th June 2015 we are required to allocate a named GP to every single patient under the age of 75 (we did a similar exercise last year for over 75s which has continued this year).  We have already completed this requirement, and would like to reassure you that it will not affect you in any way.

This is to inform you that your Named Accountable GP is the same as your Registered GP, and will make absolutely no difference to the service we provide you or which doctor deals with your health matters.

At Ashfield Surgery, the partners have continued with a personal list system, and the vast majority of our patients are aware of who their Registered GP is.  If you are unsure please ask at Reception, or if you receive repeat prescriptions it is noted on the right-hand side.  To be perfectly honest it’s an administrative change only, and you can still see whichever doctor you regularly see, or may be offered for routine appointments when your Registered GP is unavailable.  All related admin will still be dealt with by your usual doctor. The only time you may not be able to choose the doctor you see, will be for urgent same day appointment, as this is covered by a different on call doctor every day. This is the same as it’s always been however.