**Blood Test Appointments Disruption** – Update 01.09.2021
Becton Dickinson blood specimen collection - supply disruption
Becton Dickinson has advised NHS England of a global shortage of some equipment used commonly for taking blood tests in the NHS.
As an NHS GP practice on the 26th August we received a letter from NHS England advising us that all blood tests must be halted until 17 September 2021, except for clinically urgent testing. (Paediatric blood tests are not affected by this issue).
Throughout this period, the NHS in south east London is working together to minimise disruption to patients, as well as ensuring that anyone requiring an urgent blood test gets one quickly.
We would like to apologise to any of our patients who have experienced a delay in having your blood test or in booking one.
Given the international nature of the shortage, an exact date for when routine testing will be rescheduled cannot yet be provided but the NHS will be working to re-book appointments for postponed tests when supplies become more easily available.
Patients are advised that where their condition or symptoms change or get worse, they should contact the NHS team caring for them.
**FACE COVERINGS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING INSIDE OUR SURGERIES FROM 19th JULY 2021**
The Barnard Medical Group is committed to keeping our surgeries a safe environment for our patients and staff. We therefore ask that after the 19th July 2021 (19.07.2021), patients continue to wear a face covering and socially distance when entering our surgeries in accordance with the latest NHS England guidelines. Thank you for your support and co-operation.
**COVID vaccine status**
We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice. Please visit our COVID-19 tab for more information on how to access your vaccine status
We are pleased to announce that we have re-opened online booking availability for our GP telephone appointments on our online services (Patient Access)
When it is your turn we will contact you to arrange your appointment.
**All patients and visitors to NHS services must wear a face covering at all times. This includes hospitals, community clinics and GP services.**
NHS 111 no longer arranges COVID–19 testing for patients. See our COVID-19 tab for more information
**Notice for Patients regarding face-to-face appointments**
see our COVID-19 tab for more information
DO NOT book a GP appointment, visit your pharmacy or go to the hospital if you think you might have coronavirus. To protect yourself and others - Stay at home and avoid close contact with other people. Use the 111 coronavirus service to see if you need medical help or call NHS 111
**General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)**
Please see our General Data protection Regulation tab for further information.
**We no longer offer a travel immunisation service**
If you require Travel Immunisations please contact your nearest travel clinic.
Please see our updated policy.
**New GP Hub - Weekday evening and weekend appointments - Book through your GP Surgery**
All patients registered with a Bexley GP (or a resident in Bexley but have yet to registered with a Bexley GP practice) can now request a GP appointment between 6.30pm and 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 8pm Saturdays and Sundays (including bank holidays).
**Getting started with GP Online Services – Patient Access**
Did you know that you don't have to wait on the phone to speak to your GP surgery? Just like online banking you can use a computer, tablet or smartphone using a website or an app. You can book and cancel appointments and order your repeat prescriptions. See our online services tab for more information.
We are pleased to announce that we have re-opened online booking availability for our GP telephone appointments on our online services (Patient Access).
**eConsult – Consult your GP online**
How does it work?
- Visit the our website home page and click on "GET STARTED" on the eConsult image
- Find your health condition and fill out a simple online questionnaire.
- The GP will get back to you with feedback and treatment options.
**Barnard Medical Group Inspected by the Care Quality Commission in August and overall rated 'Good'**
For the full report for both sites please visit: