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Flu - Age 18+ stock now in

Please book ahead to receive your flu vaccination - those aged 65 and over, and eligible 18-64 year olds only. If you don't turn 65 before 1 Apr 2020 then you must fit certain criteria (eg diabetic, pregnant, heart disease etc) to be eligible.

Childhood Flu Vaccine - We still have not received supplies of Fluenz nasal spray.  We anticipate these becoming available in the next two weeks and will contact parents of all eligible children once we have received stock.

Group Consultations

We are introducing a new way of seeing patients with diabetes - group consultations are a great way of learning about your condition and how other people deal with problems similar to yours.

Blood Tests

blood_tests_4A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:

  • confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
  • see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
Where possible you should have your blood taken at St Mark's Hospital as we have limited resources at the practice.  Tests ordered by hospitals should always be done either at the hospital ordering the test, or at St Mark's.
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.

 
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