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Nearly 10,000 blood tests in 10 days

Nearly 10,000 blood tests in just 10 days

 

Since Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust brought in changes to its Phlebotomy Service (blood testing) it has seen nearly 10,000 patients in its first ten days. Operating from four hubs across Wirral the service has worked tirelessly to see the thousands of people who arrived in the first few days to get their blood tests done.


Anyone referred by their GP for a blood test can now be seen on the same day rather wait weeks for an appointment. Wait times in clinics are averaging at about half an hour and this is coming down all the time as our dedicated staff see patients in around 4-5 minute appointment slots. Afternoons are less busy than mornings in clinics.


Tracy Orr, Divisional Manager for the Phlebotomy Service said: “We have worked closely with our commissioners Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG), exploring a number of options available to us which were affordable and could increase the amount of patients we see each week.
“I know there are ongoing questions being asked about why things are changing, and I understand the uncertainty. However, demand for blood tests has varied across Wirral with appointments unfilled and sometimes unattended or demand exceeding availability. This new model reduces waiting times and improves patient safety and so far we’ve received a lot of positive feedback from patients who’ve used the new service. A big thank you to all the staff who are doing such a great job.”


However, the trust is monitoring the situation on a daily basis and patients experiencing difficulties are invited to contact the trust via the Patient Experience form which is available online and in clinics.


If patients are housebound they can speak to their GP about arranging a home visit.


Anyone who needs a glucose tolerance test can book an appointment at one of the clinics in advance by calling our Centralised Booking Service on tel: 0151 514 2222


As a number of Wirral GP Practices are not covered by the Phlebotomy Service, it is advisable that you speak to you GP or visit our website for details to avoid unnecessary delays in getting your blood test.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 December 2016 10:50

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