Flu vaccinations will be available for the following people who may be at risk should they contract the illness. Anyone who has:
- Chronic respiratory disease including asthma
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic renal failure
- Diabetes mellitus
- Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
- 65 years or older
Flu is a very unpleasant viral disease which can put you out of action for days and in some cases leave you feeling unwell for weeks. If you fall into any of the above categories it is strongly recommended that you receive the vaccine. Telephone the Surgery to arrange an injection appointment. The vaccine is approximately 80% effective against the flu virus. You cannot get flu from having the vaccine. About 2% of vaccinated patients get mild "cold-like" symptoms for a few days after vaccination.
Phlebotomy Service (Blood Tests)
This service is for GP initiated blood tests only. This service is available on an appointment only basis which can be booked in person at reception or by telephoning the switchboard. We are unable to accept walk-ins.
Patients who are requesting an INR test will continue to be seen at Christchurch or Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Children aged 13 or below will be asked to attend Poole General Hospital.
Please ensure you stay well hydrated before your blood test. Drink plenty of water to keep your veins plumper, more visible and easier to draw blood. This applies to both fasting and non-fasting tests.
What happens when you are referred by your GP to see a specialist?
This leaflet describes what you can expect to happen when your GP refers you to see a specialist or consultant, at a hospital or a community health centre.