All GP practices are affected by the current national shortage of blood tubes and are taking urgent steps alongside our hospitals to prioritise their use for people with the greatest clinical need. This includes testing for serious conditions such as cancer.  
 
We are following national guidance which has been issued in response to the shortage. As a result, we need to cancel and delay a number of patient appointments for blood tests deemed routine or non-urgent. If you have a routine blood test 

appointment the reception team at the surgery will be in touch directly if they need to cancel your appointment, this will be by phone or by text message.

Please be assured that appointments will be rescheduled once the situation has improved, and in line with national guidance. There are a few things you can do if you are affected by this change:


· Keep checking our website for regular updates – we will be sharing the latest patient information here as soon as we receive it.
· Check your phone for messages from us – we will also be using our patient text service to keep people informed.
· Please don’t call or contact us with questions about routine blood tests – we are experiencing exceptional levels of demand at the moment, and your cooperation will help us to reach those without smartphone or internet access with this critical information.  
· Do get in touch online if your condition worsens or changes so that we can prioritise your blood test if necessary following clinical review
The changes are likely to be in place for at least four weeks. We will keep all our patients regularly updated as the national situation changes. We fully understand the frustration this is likely to cause, and apologise for the inconvenience. .

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Statement form Stafford Medical Group 21 June 2021

Stafford Medical Group has taken the decision to no longer use the AskmyGP system. 

 

We appreciate the AskmyGP system has been liked by many patients, but it has increased the demand on the surgery to such a level that the GPs are unable to cope with the high workload and this potentially can compromise the level of care we provide to our patients. 

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