Current News and Updates 2021
TEST BLOOD BOTTLES
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.
FLU SEASON 2021-22
We regret that we have been advised by our flu vaccine supplier that they cannot yet confirm delivery dates due to the shortage in transport/HGV drivers.
In view of this, NHS England has instructed us NOT to book our flu vaccine clinics at this stage. We apologise to our patients for this situation which is outside of our control. We hope to be able to provide an update by the end of September and to schedule clinics rapidly from then.
Please keep checking our website for updates and please refrain from blocking our telephone lines asking for a actual date.
Thank you for your patience.
SUPPORTING PATIENTS FOLLOWING EVENTS IN AFGHANISTAN
We are conscious that some patients registered at Central Surgery may be affected by current events in Afghanistan. Our Practice is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners as one which specialises in the care of military veterans and their families. If recent events have affected you and you wish to seek help, please come forward and book a telephone consultation with Dr. Nerida Burnie, our dedicated clinician who has a specialist knowledge of Service related health conditions and Veteran specific health services.
THINK NHS 111 FIRST
NEW Think NHS 111 service launches
As of this week, anyone who needs urgent, but not life-threatening care should call NHS 111 before turning up to an emergency department. If, following a conversation with NHS 111, it is appropriate for someone to attend the emergency department they may be scheduled a time to attend.
A London-wide advertising campaign has launched to support this, and we are backing this up locally in Kingston.
Thinking NHS 111 First will;
- help people get to the most appropriate service – such as a GP, a GP hub or Teddington Hospital appointment – when they may not have to attend the emergency department;
- minimise the risk of contracting COVID-19 by helping patients with non-emergency conditions to avoid having to wait for hours in waiting rooms.
- shorter waiting times via a booked appointment or referral to another appropriate service
- safe social distancing in hospital to protect you and others from COVID-19.
FIRST CONTACT PRACTITIONER
We are pleased to offer our patients a new service from Mrs Sam Bhide who has recently joined our team as a First Contact Practitioner (FCP) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Her role is to triage, diagnose and give our patients expert advice regarding musculoskeletal conditions. She can carry out injections, recommend blood and diagnostic tests.
If she assesses that you need further treatment with a physiotherapist she will refer you into the physio service at Kingston Hospital. Please note that she is not your physiotherapist, her role is to triage to assist the GP.
She can be booked by speaking directly with one of our reception team on 020 8399 6622.
Once you have been booked in to see her and awaiting your appointment, do use the link below that will give you some additional support
KINGSTON HOSPITAL PHLEBOTOMY SERVICE
Due to COVID there is no longer a walk in service at Kingston Hospital and is by appointment only. Therefore, you will have to call them first before going there.
The surgery though is still undertaking blood tests as they have always done.
FREE VITAMIN D FOR VULNERABLE PATIENTS
The Government has announced that all clinically vulnerable patients are eligible for a free supply of vitamin D. All eligible patients should have received a letter with information on how to apply. If you have not received your letter, please follow this link Free Vit D
YOUNG WOMEN'S TRUST
The Young Women’s Trust supports women aged between 18-30 who are feeling particularly isolated at the moment.
In addition, they offer free telephone coaching, help to build strong mental health, set goals to stay motivated and a free service giving personalised, detailed feedback on CVs and job applications.
The service operates by triaging over the telephone and by email.
For more information and to self-refer easily online, click on the following link; https://www.youngwomenstrust.org/work-it-out-sign-up
DR SURIAR RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
Dear Patients of Central Surgery,
I am announcing my retirement as a Partner from Central Surgery. My last working day will be the 31/03/2021.
I started working at Central as a locum in 1993 and progressed to Partner in 2000. However, the time has come now for me to step down and hang up my stethoscope!
It has been an absolute privilege to look after the patients of Central Surgery and work with such a great team. I take away with me many happy and memorable moments.
All the very best.
Dr Suma Suriar