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Coronavirus Update 19th March 2020: Practice staffing has been affected by the impact of COVID-19; both self-isolation and the need to protect high risk members of staff. We will therefore only focus on urgent patient need.

 

It is important that patients work with us to protect the NHS, not just for unwell patients with COVID-19 but all other urgent conditions e.g. chronic heart conditions, cancer care.

  • DO think before ringing; We do not have the capacity to field minor queries for well patients.
  1. DO NOT use services unless absolutely necessary
  2. DO NOT request Med3s / reports / Holiday Cancellation Letters for COVID-19
  3. YOU MUST follow self-isolation/social distancing guidance
  4. DO use Electronic Prescribing Service to order NORMAL QUANTITIES of repeat medications
  5. DO be patient with all staff – everyone is doing their bit and working flat out

Your understanding at this difficult time for all of us is appreciated.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 16th March 2020: Due to the latest Government Coronavirus guidelines, from Monday 16th of March you will not be able to directly book an appointment to come in to see the doctor. Admin staff have been instructed to take details of why you feel an appointment is necessary and book a telephone call with the doctor. The doctor will then decide if you need to attend the surgery or if your problem can be dealt with over the phone. This is keep you and our staff safe.

Your understanding at this difficult time for all of us is appreciated.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 09th March 2020: Following guidance from NHS England and Public Health England - Please note that due to the Coronavirus outbreak online appointments are temporarily suspended until further notice. This is to allow practice staff to assess each patient before attending the surgery, this may mean staff ask questions when booking your appointment. We apologise for any inconvenience & thank you for your understanding at this time. Calow and Brimington Practice. 

 

 

Test Results

To obtain your test results please telephone the surgery on 01246 220166 between 14:30 and 16:30 Monday to Friday.

For patient confidentiality results will only be relayed to the person who has taken the test unless prior consent has been given. If you require further detailed information about the test result then you will be advised to speak to a doctor as the administration team are not clinically qualified.

Cervical Screening (Smear) Results Turn Around Time - 1ST August 2018

Please be advised, at the time of taking your sample, it will take longer than the quoted 2 weeks for the result letter to arrive. This is due to sustained high levels of demand on a national screening programme that has insufficient screening capacity, and many labs across the country now have backlogs. Most areas do not currently meet the 14 day turnaround time target which is quoted on the national invitation for screening.

The lack of screening capacity is due to the fact, the cervical screening programme is in transition from cytology screening to HPV primary screening in 2019, when the number of labs is to be reduced from the existing 50 down to a maximum of 13. Many laboratories are consequently struggling to retain existing screening staff and to recruit qualified screening staff because of the uncertain future for these staff groups.

The Derby lab that we use however was given permission to implement primary HPV screening in Derbyshire ahead of national roll-out in 2019, as mitigation for the backlog. This started on 1st June but we will not see the full benefit of this for a few more weeks yet.

 
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