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COVID-19 Please do not come to the practice unless you have an appointment or have been requested to do so by a staff member or GP. If you are given an appointment, or asked to come into the practice, please ensure you wear a face covering.

Face covering exemptions - please go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own for information on face covering exemptions.  You may still be asked to wear one in the practice to reduce the risk to our staff and other patients.

Social Media

Linden Medical Centre is experimenting with a foray into social media and now has an Instagram account @lindenmedical where we will be posting public health messages and information and updates about the practice. Please feel free to follow and recommend to your friends.  

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Important information for patients about GP appointments.

To protect our patients, staff and local community we are changing the way patients access our services.  Patients with internet access please use the eConsult function below and we will be in contact with you by 6pm the following working day.  For more urgent queries please call the practice. You may have to wait a long time on the telephone. If you have an emergency you should still call 999.

Prescriptions. We are not taking prescription requests at the practice.  You can use your local pharmacy, or online access to make requests for current repeat prescriptions. Medications which have not been ordered routinely for some time will not be issued via your pharmacy and should be requested via eConsult so that they can be properly reviewed.  Just-in-case medications will only be issued in exceptional circumstances.

Disputes with employers. We cannot give opinions on whether or not is safe for employees to return to work - this is a matter for you and your employer.  The NHS do not provide occupational health services for employers.

For the NHS 111 Coronavirus digital triage follow this link: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

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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