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 but where your clinician 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 the NHS as you would normally.
We are sorry to say that Dr Amin has been signed off sick until at least the beginning of October. We hope you will join us in wishing him all the best for a speedy recovery.
In the meantime, we will be working hard to make sure you can continue to get the help and support you need. (You will, of course, still be able to access our nurse, health care assistant, social prescriber and pharmacist and we hope to be able to make other services accessible to you over the coming months.)
We will be seeking to secure the services of doctors you know as much as possible – such as Dr Dickinson and Dr Shannon – however, there may be times when we need to use doctors who do not know the area so well.
In the meantime, remember that your local pharmacy can offer healthcare advice on medicines and a range of health problems and that 111 also offers healthcare advice.
Please bear with us while we do all we can to maintain the service for you.
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