Practice Closure for Staff Training

Please note: Due to staff training, all practice sites will close at 1:00pm on Thursday 4th July and re-open again at 8:00am on Friday 5th July. For urgent medical assistance whilst we are closed, please call 0300 323 0671 between 1:00pm and 6:30pm. For urgent medical assistance out of hours, please call 111. Thank you.

Infected Blood Inquiry

Key messages – for our patients

  • We know that people may be concerned about their own health following the recent media coverage, so we wanted to advise you that there is a new online resource for patients to find help and support – https://nhs.uk/infected-blood-support
  • Since 1991, all blood donated in the UK is screened and distributed by NHS Blood and Transplant following rigorous safety standards and testing to protect both donors and patients.
  • Since testing has been introduced, the risk of getting an infection from a blood transfusion or blood products is very low.
  • All blood donors are screened at every donation and every donation is tested before it is sent to hospitals. Blood services and blood safety has been transformed, not only in terms of technological advances in testing but also in the way donors are recruited and checked they are safe to donate.
  • If you are concerned about a possible hepatitis C infection, you can book a home NHS test online. The tests are free and confidential. To receive a self-testing kit which can be quickly dispatched to your home visit: https://hepctest.nhs.uk
  • Hepatitis B is also linked to infected blood, this usually clears up on its own without treatment, but could develop into chronic hepatitis B. Patients can find out more information here – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hepatitis-b
  • HIV testing is also provided to anyone free of charge on the NHS. Home testing and home sampling kits are also available. You can find out more about HIV testing here – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hiv-and-aids/diagnosis and here –https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/other-health-services/hiv-testing or via the NHS website.
  • Patients who want more details about the safety of blood from donations in England can find more information here: https://www.blood.co.uk/the-donation-process/further-information/your-safety/