Pre Chemotherapy Bloods requested by Secondary Care
I would like to make you aware of the South Bristol General Practice Policy regarding the taking of Chemotherapy blood tests.
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. We have a duty of care to our patients and 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 specialist monitoring blood tests and so for your safety, such blood tests should be taken by the consultant’s team, eg hospital phlebotomist.
This will take effect for new cancer patients from the 1st March 2018. If you are already having your chemotherapy bloods monitored by the practice we will continue to do so, if this changes we will let you know.
For and on behalf of the Armada Family Practice,
Mrs Julie Welch
Practice Manager/Managing Partner
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NHS Cervical screening helps prevent cervical cancer. Cervical cancer happens when cells in the cervix grow in an uncontrolled way and build up to form a lump. Cells can eventually spread to other parts of the body and become life-threatening.
What is Cervical Screening?
Cervical screening (which can be known as ‘smear test’ Involves taking a small sample of cells from the surface of your cervix. The sample is sent to a laboratory and checked under a microscope to see if there are any abnormal cells. Abnormal cells are not cancer, but they could develop into cancer if they are left untreated.
Depending on the result of your test, your sample may be tested for the types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause cervical cancer.
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Who is eligible for the free vaccination with a GP?
-If you were aged 65 years or over on 31st March 2017
-If you are pregnant.
-If you are registered a carer who receives a carers allowance or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.
-Children aged 2 & 3 years old on 31st August 2017 (that is born on or after 1st September 2013 and on or before 31st August 2015)
-If you have a chronic disease or a clinical risk group and are over 6 months old.
-If you are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
Children in school years 1-4 will receive the flu nasal spray through school.
Front-line health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine. It is your employer’s responsibility to arrange and pay for this vaccine.
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