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National Diabetes Audit (NDA): Helping to improve diabetes care

Brannam Medical Centre is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. Please click here for more information.

BLOOD PRESSURE APPOINTMENTS

Please remember to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment to give your heart rate a chance to steady. Please wear loose clothing and refrain from Caffeine and Nicotine for at least 30 minutes prior to your Blood Pressure appointment.

 

All Dr. Bunney's patients have been transferred to his job-share partner Dr. Jackie Tolhurst. She has increased her number of surgeries per week. We are currently interviewing for his replacement at the moment and awaiting appointment. If any of Dr. Bunney's patients wish to change their doctor please speak to a member of reception. Dr. Oliver Hassall is taking on new patients.

We would like your feedback on the care or treatment we give you any time you visit your GP or have contact with the practice. Click on the Friends & Family tab on the right below Further Information for more details. If you would like to give us more detailed feedback about the services we provide you can do this by completing a review on the NHS Choices website. To view Januarys results please click here.

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Blood test clinics are run every morning by our Healthcare Assistants, who also help with minor operations and ECGs (heart recordings). When a doctor, practice Sister or the North Devon District Hospital requests a blood test, a form is produced to tell the Health Care Assistant which samples are required.

Appointments for the clinic need to be booked through Sister’s receptionist on 01271 314236, or you can now book online for your blood tests using the Appointments Online system.

Please remember to check in for your blood test on arrival at the surgery, as you would for any other appointment.

Opening Times

The Blood Tests opening times are as follows:

 

Monday

 08:00 - 10:00 & 11:30 - 12:45 

Tuesday

 08:00 - 10:00 & 11:30 - 12:45 

Wednesday

 08:00 - 10:00 & 11:30 - 12:45 

Thursday

 08:00 - 10:00 & 11:30 - 12:45 

Friday

 08:00 - 10:00 & 11:30 - 12:45 

Anti-Coagulation Clinic

If you take warfarin you will need to have regular blood tests to ensure that you are receiving the correct dose.  We offer regular clinics where we can calculate the new dose of warfarin immediately after your blood test.

Opening Times

The Anti-Coagulation Clinic opening times are as follows:

 

Monday

 09:00 - 10:00 & 11:30 - 12:00 

Tuesday

 09:00 - 09:30 & 11:00 - 12:00 &  14:30 - 15:00  

Wednesday

 09:00 - 10:00 & 11:30 - 12:00 

Thursday

 09:00 - 10:00

Friday

 09:00 - 10:00 & 14:30 - 15:00

What are blood tests for?

A 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.

 
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