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.
We have a team of experienced registered nurses who provide a comprehensive nursing service Monday to Friday by appointment
We offer patients with Asthma 6 and/or 12 month check ups by invitation. Appointments can also be made if you have concerns about your Asthma in between check ups.
We offer patients with Diabetes 6 month check ups by invitation. Appointments can also be made if you have concerns about your Diabetes in between check ups.
HEART CHECK CLINIC
Patients with heart disease are invited for an annual health check and discussion of diet and exercise.
BLOOD PRESSURE CLINICS
Blood pressure monitoring and ongoing health screening – attendance by referral from the doctor.
CONTRACEPTION and SEXUAL HEALTH
We provide comprehensive emergency contraceptive and sexual health advice for men and women of all ages, including oral contraceptive pill checks, administration of contraceptive injection and general advice and queries.
Women should have a smear taken 3 yearly from the age of 25 – 49 years (5 yearly from 49 – 65 years). An invitation to attend will be sent automatically.
You will be invited to attend for your tetanus/diphtheria, polio boosters and a young persons health check when you reach age 15. You can be seen by any doctor or nurse at the surgery in complete confidence for teenagers with health worries, queries or problems.
Contact us at least 6 weeks prior to travel.
- You may need several appointments to complete your immunisation schedule.
- Not all vaccines are available free of charge from the NHS - any charges due will be notified at your appointment.
- For last minute travel immunisation clinics – see Useful Contacts
The nurses are also responsible for the running of the Treatment Room and provide additional services, which include: -
- Flu Clinic for 65+ (Oct-Dec)
- First aid advice and treatment
- Removal of stitches/clips
- Wound care and dressings
- Blood tests and other investigations
Healthy Together Clinic (Leg Club)
Due to a change in funding and resourcing amongst the six practices in the local cluster (Go6), the Healthy Together Clinic will no longer be available to The Lennard Surgery patients in its current format at the Withywood Centre from 1st April 2019.
To ensure patients receive an equally good or better service in practice we will be running our own clinics on a Tuesday or Thursday every week. To make you aware this is not an open access clinic and will be by appointment only.
If you are new to the service you will be booked in after your initial appointment with the nursing team.