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Thank you for being patient while we COMPLETED PHASE 1 REFURBISHMENT OF THE PRACTICE.We have now nearly completed ALL THE CONSULTING ROOMS TO MODERN NHS STANDARDS and COMPLIANT WITH HEALTH & SAFETY. We hope the NEW CHECK-IN and CALLING SYSTEM is working well for you. We have found a DRAMATIC REDUCTION IN DNA's since introducing MORE SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS. We will be shortly working with the MEDICINE MANAGEMENT TEAM AT THE CCG to look at making COST EFFECTIVE SAVINGS FOR THE NHS. This will be mainly for patients on BUTRANS PATCH, DOXAZOSIN, GAVISCON, PEN-NEEDLE AND STOMA PRODUCTS. We hope you welcome these changes which we are obliged to work with the CCG.

Blood Tests

blood_tests_4A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:

  • assess your general state of health
  • confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
  • see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
We do not routinely take blood for testing in the Practice and generally patients needing blood tests will be asked to attend the pathology department at Gravesham Community Hospital (or Darent Valley Hospital).

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.

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