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We are very excited that the SWIFT PCN COVID vaccination site will go live in the Knowle West Health Living Centre from Friday 15th January 2021

We know patients are very keen to get their jab but please wait until you are invited to book an appointment by your practice

Please do not phone your practice or come to the Healthy Living Centre as this will delay our booking process – we will be working very hard to get all our patients aged 80 or over jabbed next week!

Thank you to all the SWIFT practices, the Healthy Living Centre , the CSU IT department and NHS property services who have all worked so well together to get the site up and running in such a short time.

If you have a positive COVID test and are struggling with your symptoms, please use the leaflet below for advice on what actions to take:

  COVID advice leaflet

If you are waiting for a hospital appointment, please use the link below for more information:

Waiting for your hospital care | NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG (bnssgccg.nhs.uk)

Blood Tests

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There may be occasions where one of our GPs or our practice nursing team requires you to attend the practice for a blood test.

 

This is usually where we are checking for an illness or ruling something out.

 

The results are sent off to a laboratory and we usually receive the results in 3-7 days - depending on what your blood is being tested for.

 

It is the responsibility of the patient to call the practice for their test results and we ask patients to do this after 11am when our phone lines are quieter.

 

The GP will have reviewed your test results and the receptionist can advise you whether they are normal or whether you require a follow up with the GP.

 

The Practice does not undertake blood tests for the hospital unless they are part of specified ongoing treatments involving INRs for warfarin management, methotrexate or one of a very limited number of drugs prescribed by GPs under specific shared care advice from consultants.

 

All tests that are required by the hospital must be undertaken by the hospital and you should be booked in to see a hospital phlebotomist.

 

Why is this?

 

The clinician who requests the test is responsible for reading the test results correctly. The reason a person may be under a consultant at a hospital is for specialist advice. A GP practice cannot and should not do these blood tests as the result would come back to the GP and not the specialist as they should do. A GP cannot take responsibility for reading the test results for a specialist consultant.

 

Some drugs (eg chemotherapy) may only be prescribed by hospital consultants because they require specialised monitoring blood tests and so for your safety, such blood tests should be taken by the consultant’s team, eg hospital phlebotomist.                

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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