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Sadly Dr Patel has had to leave the surgery due to relocation. We wish him well for the future. We have a new doctor starting next week, Dr Soumyo Gorai.

WE HAVE OUR USUAL WALK IN FLU VACCINATION CLINIC ON SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER BETWEEN 8-12:30. ALL THOSE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE ARE WELCOME AND WE WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD LET ANY FAMILY MEMBERS KNOW. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEE YOU THEN.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE FLU CLINICS AT THE SURGERY SO PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE NURSES.

From September the surgery will be closed for lunchtime between 12:30 and 13:30 for staff training. The phone lines will be open for emergency calls only during this time with normal service resuming at 13:30.

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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