National Blood Test Delays
We have an urgent situation with being able to complete some blood tests. This is caused by our supplier, Roche, being unable to deliver some chemicals needed for this process. This is a national problem.
We need to prioritise clinically urgent tests. This means that if you are having a regular blood test, it may be delayed. We are very sorry about this.
If you are worried and you have been told your blood test is urgent, please contact the person who referred you, your GP or your Consultant.
Managing queries will mean that your Practice or Hospital team is busier than ever – please be as patient as possible – they will be working incredibly hard to support you.
National teams are working with Roche to sort this problem out and we will keep everyone updated as the situation changes.
We do understand that this may worry you and is very inconvenient, so please do get in touch with our PALS team if you wish to discuss this further. Their contact details are:
Tel: 0800 389 6819 (option 2)
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Repeat Prescriptions Notice
Orchard House Surgery offers Chlamydia screening. You may either ring to book an appointment or speak to our staff when you are in the practice.
In addition, a new website from NHS Suffolk www.amiclear.com is encouraging sexually active young people in Suffolk to get checked out for the sexually transmitted infection Chlamydia, a condition affecting both men and women.
It is estimated that 1 in 12 people under the age of 25 in Suffolk who have sex have a Chlamydia infection – one that can have serious long-term consequences such as infertility, that is women unable to have a baby. Yet, many people won’t know that they have an infection. With men symptoms can include a discharge from the end of the penis or pain and burning when urinating. Women could experience an increased need to urinate or pain when urinating or having sex.
However, up to 75% of women and 50% of men have no obvious signs or symptoms – the only way to be sure is to be screened for Chlamydia. Fortunately, the test is simple and painless and free screening kits can be ordered online through the new website www.amiclear.com.
As well as offering an easy way of ordering a screening kit the website is a one-stop shop of information on Chlamydia, including:
- Remember, Chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections can be prevented by using a condom, and sex can be just as good with a condom
- You should get screened even if you have no obvious symptoms
- Screening kits are painless and simple to use
- Chlamydia can easily be treated with antibiotics