Non-urgent blood tests postponed in response to national supply issue
Due to a national shortage of the vials used for blood tests, the NHS in England and Wales is temporarily stopping all non-urgent blood testing. In line with this national guidance, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton will temporarily only be providing a phlebotomy service to patients who need to be tested for an urgent health problem.
All UHDB blood clinic appointments between Tuesday 31 August 2021 and Friday 17 September 2021 have been cancelled. Please do not attend one of our hospitals or clinics to access a blood test for an appointment between these dates. During this time walk-in services will not be available at any of our hospitals or clinics.
Urgent blood tests will be rebooked by the referring clinician where necessary and patients will be informed of a new appointment.
If you had registered a mobile phone number when you booked your appointment you will have received the following text message from University Hospitals of Derby and Burton.
‘Due to a global shortage of blood tubes we have been asked to cancel all of our clinics until 17 September 2021, if your booked appointment was urgent please contact your referring clinician. If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.’
If you believe your blood test is urgent but haven’t been contacted with a new appointment date, please contact your referring clinician as they will be able to book an appointment on your behalf. Unfortunately at this time we cannot book appointments requested by patients or members of the public.
During this time you may find that primary care clinicians, such as GPs, or hospitals specialities if you are under the care of a consultant, are busier than normal due to high numbers of calls being received because of this change.
Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience this national shortage has caused. The NHS is working with suppliers to alleviate the pressure on existing supplies.
Further guidance will be released as and when available.
Introducing our new First Contact Physiotherapist, Mr Kiran John, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, 2004
Kiran joined Wellbrook Medical Centre as a First Contact Physiotherapist in February 2021 and is the first point of contact for the patients with musculo-skeletal conditions, which was always his area of interest. If you would like a telephone consultation with Kiran, please call the surgery.
Frequently Asked Covid Questions
Have you been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Condition? Are you the parent/carer of someone living with Autism? Do you need support or specialist services, but are unsure how to access them?
For Free, confidential Autism Spectrum Condition support please click here Autism Service
Do you parent or care for a child, young person or adult living with Autism? If so, this might be just the opportunity for you!
About this Event
Every month we will host a 2 hour session, comprising of a 1 hour skills building course delivered by Autism Information and Advice’s trained staff and a 1 hour peer support and Q&A opportunity with family therapist, Felicity Rosslyn.
The course will cover what to look out for if you believe your child may be Autistic, a look at what language is used by professionals so you can feel empowered as a parent or carer, practical behaviour, communication, and mental and physical well-being advice, strategies and top tips, preparing for emergencies, and information around schooling, employment and embracing the positives of Autism.
These sessions have been co-produced with experts by experience, parents, and professionals.
This course is for Derby City and Derbyshire County residents only For Event Dates click here
Join a COVID-19 Clinical Trial
The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admissions and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if :
- You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days: a continuous new or worsening cough, a high temperature
- You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
- You are aged 65 and above
To find out more - see the information below:
Routine Hospital Appointments Cancelled
As you may be aware, all hospitals are cancelling routine appointments due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please note that hospitals will be holding all referrals and will rebook appointments at a later date. If your appointment was booked through the e-Referral Service (Choose & Book), you may receive a reminder letter to book your appointment. This is computer generated, please dispose of the letter.
** ONLINE BOOKING SUSPENDED **
Please note that online booking of GP appointments using SystmOnline or the myGP app has now been suspended. Please call us on 01283 732257 to book a GP appointment. We are currently unable to advise when online booking will be available.
Joined up Care Derbyshire Winter Newsletter
JUCD Winter Newsletter
New Mental Health Apps
Please see our mental health section for many new apps available to help with anxiety, stress, sleep problem or mental health issues and where you can self-refer.
Chair Based Exercise Class
In conjunction with Derby and Derbyshire Age UK, a chair based exercise class for older adults is currently being run at Hilton Village Hall helping people to maintain strength and balance. Please see the poster below for more details.
Chair Based Exercise Class
There is a new online support site for people with Type 1 diabetes.
It can be hard for those newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes to know which websites to trust, so NHS England has made it easier by collecting all the useful NHS-trusted links in one place on the nhs.uk website. The new pages will help people with Type 1 diabetes to gain the knowledge and confidence to manage their condition. The site has been developed with NHS Digital, Diabetes UK and people living with Type 1 diabetes.
The site provides links to practical help on injecting insulin and checking blood glucose levels – as well as useful advice around living with the condition.
For all the information you may need, please click on the link below.
NHS UK Type 1 Diabetes
Healthy, Warm and Well
Please click on the following link for information about saving energy in your home and keeping warm, well and healthy. We aim to promote better health through addressing the issues people face living in cold, damp conditions by improving the energy efficiency and warmth of their homes. This booklet also offers health advice and other practical advice about your home including useful contacts for other relevant agencies.
Guide to self-care
Self-care refers to the actions we take to recognise, treat and manage our own health. It's about doing small things, everyday things for yourself to keep healthly and happy.
Self-care is good for you and for the NHS. We believe it's:
Please click on the link for online advice and general self-care and wellbeing http://nhsstaywellderbyshire.co.uk/
Please see our new Healthy Eating page!
Each week we will add a new recipe and hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends and family.
Patient Safety Questionnaire
Our practice is interested in understanding how we can improve patient safety. As part of this we are asking you to complete an online patient safety questionnaire (survey) that is currently being developed at the Universities of Nottingham and Exeter.
This questionnaire is already available in paper form but the project team are seeking to develop an online version that would be suitable for patients like you. The patient safety questionnaire helps a practice to find out what you, as one of our patients, think about the safety of healthcare in general practice.
If you would like to take part in this survey, please click on the link below:
Patient Safety Survey
Please note that you are free to choose whether or not to fill in the questionnaire and your choice will not affect your health care or legal rights in any way.
We are 'Outstanding'
We are very proud to announce the Care Quality Commission have rated the Wellbrook Medical Centre as 'Outstanding'! Click on the link at the bottom of the page for more information and to read the full report.
The State of General Practice
Please take the time to read this leaflet about the state of General Practice at the moment. It helps to explain why you may struggle to get an appointment at the surgery. The leaflet has been written by a GP working in Derbyshire and is supported by the Derby & Derbyshire Local Medical Commitee. The key message in the leaflet is this:
Please know that we are doing our best. We know you’re struggling to get in to see us, but we are not being difficult; we are working as best we can to provide a quality service in a broken system.
Cost of Missed Appointments
The cost of missing a GP or Nurse appointment directly impacts the services and access your GP surgery is available to offer. Please see our poster below which outlines the very real cost of missed appointments to the Wellbrook Medical Centre:
The NHS provides an amazing service to patients free of charge at the point of care. But how much does it actually cost to provide the service?
Here are a few examples:
5 minute blood test appointment £3.58
15 minute nurse appointment £10.75
GP appointment £37.00
Average prescription cost to the NHS £29.20*
We know that there are times when patients are genuinely not able to attend an appointment. However, the majority of missed appointments could be avoided and if cancelled, could be used by another patient.
Using the costings above, we have looked at the number of missed appointments from April 2016 to March 2017. The total cost of missed appointments for the year is a staggering:
For more information, click here: How much does using your GP surgery cost?
Help Guide Available
If you need help navigating our website please use our guide below to help you with the basics:
NHS Friends and Family Survey
NHS Midlands and East want you to have the best possible experience of care. The NHS Friends and Family Test is a way of gathering your feedback, so we can continually review our service. Please click on the link to the left to answer two very simple questions.