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FLU SEASON!

Protect yourself from this dangerous disease this winter - we have appointments available now for your annual flu jab.  If you are 65 or over, or suffer from a chronic condition eg diabetes, asthma, you are eligible for a free flu jab. Most 2, all 3 and some 4 year olds (those not started school yet) are also eligible.

PRESCRIPTIONS

Owing to the increased pressures on GP services over the coming months, we are increasing our turnaround time for repeat prescriptions from 48 to 72 hours.  Please consider this and plan carefully when ordering your repeat medications.

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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