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Response to COVID-19 Vaccine Oxford-AstraZeneca media reports

The UK Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe, have said that evidence DOES NOT suggest that the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab is linked to blood clots.

People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

Please read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-response-to-irish-authorities-action-to-temporarily-suspend-the-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine

Patient Participation AGM - Wednesday 3rd February 10.30am till 11.30am via Zoom. If you would like to join us please get in touch with Gillian at the surgery 01207520877. PPG Minutes 2.12.2020 PPG Agenda AGM 3.2.20

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COVID SURGERY UPDATE

When you have been asked to attend the surgery: Please come alone or with one carer or parent, where ever possible provide your own face covering, attend your appointment on time not before and do not attend if you have any new COVID symptoms.

Services to Support You or a Family Member

Support for Carers in County Durham - Contact 03000051213

Self Referral for support around your Mental Health Adults - Talking Changes

Self Referral for Support around anxiety and Mental Health for Children and Young Adults - Kooth

If you are self isolating Lanchester Partnership Support can offer to pick up shopping or prescriptions or just have a chat - Please ring 07925130310. This has an answer phone facility.

 

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.

 

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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