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Urgent News About Blood Tests - 31st August 21

There is a national shortage of blood bottles, which is expected to last until at least 17th September 2021. This is affecting every healthcare service provider. We have therefore been told by the NHS to postpone all non-urgent blood tests.

We will:

  • Review all of the required blood tests to determine those that can safely be delayed
  • Advise you if we feel that you urgently require having blood taken to assist your treatment
  • Add your name to a waiting list to rearrange your blood test
  • Advise you when the situation changes

We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience. This is something that is completely out of our control.

Further information can be find on the NHS website (

How Do I Book An Appointment?

Nursing and HCA Appointments

For appointments with our Nursing and HCA teams (including blood tests, ECGs, dressings, immunisations and other injections, long term condition reviews, health checks, smear tests and contraception reviews) please contact the practice to book. These appointments can be booked in advance.

GP and Other Clinician Appointments

For GP and other clinician appointments, please submit an Engage Consult request before 13:00. Our Engage Consult service is available to submit your enquiry online, weekdays 07:45-18:00 (after 18:00, for emergencies only, please contact the practice).

How Do I Cancel An Appointment?

If you are unable to attend your appointment, please telephone the practice as soon as possible so that it can be offered to another patient. If you fail to notify the practice that you are unable to attend, this will be noted and you will be sent a letter. Persistent defaulters may be removed the patient list.

Missed appointments in primary care are estimated to cost the NHS around £216m per year.

What If I Need A Home Visit?

We encourage our patients to come to the practice but we appreciate that this is not always possible. If you feel you need a home visit, please telephone the practice as early as possible, ideally before 10:00.

We can only provide home visits if you are housebound or are too unwell to visit the practice.

Home visits may be carried out by a healthcare professional from the practice, or by the Oxfordshire-wide Primary Care Visiting Service, staffed by highly skilled Emergency Care Clinicians.