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19 October 2018
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is pleased to confirm that a new service providing community phlebotomy (blood tests) will be provided from Dunstable Health Centre in Priory Gardens, Dunstable as from Monday 22 October 2018.
The service will run parallel to the phlebotomy service already provided by the Luton and Dunstable (L&D) Hospital which operates from both the Arndale House in Luton and on the hospital site itself.
The service, commissioned by BCCG, will be provided by East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) and will be available to patients registered with the following GP practices in the Chiltern Vale locality and Barton Le Clay village:
· Kingsbury Court Surgery
· Wheatfield Surgery
· Priory Gardens Surgery
· West Street Surgery
· Houghton Regis Medical Centre
· Eastgate Surgery
· Caddington Surgery
· Toddington Medical Centre
· Kirby Road Surgery
· Barton Surgery
These GP practices may already provide some blood tests from their practice, but may have restrictions which means that not all patients are able to access the service (due to space restrictions, these appointments are usually protected for the over 75).
Patients can be referred by their practice to the new community service, which will operate a walk in system. Patients who would normally be referred to the L&D phlebotomy service will now be offered a choice between having their bloods taken at the Arndale House in Luton or at the community-based service in Dunstable Health Centre.
The new service will run from Dunstable Health Centre from 8am until 1pm Monday through to Thursday.
For patients who have previously been able to have blood tests taken at their own GP surgery, this service will continue for them.
Some patients will need to continue to attend the Luton & Dunstable Hospital site for specialised blood tests, this includes:
· Children under 12
· Anticoagulation patients
· Those requiring patient transport
· Those receiving specialised blood tests
· Those requiring special access needs
· Chemotherapy patients
Sally Adams, BCCG Director of Commissioning for Out of Hospital and Primary Care said:
“We have been committed to providing local community based phlebotomy services since the summer. The L&D hospital made a clinically sound decision, to move their phlebotomy service off of the hospital site and into Arndale House in Luton. It did however inconvenience some of our patient population in the South of Bedfordshire such as Dunstable and Houghton Regis. The service was planned to begin at the start of the month but was slightly delayed as arrangements were finalised, we are very pleased to be able to return this service locally from the 22 October.”
· Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 450,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.
· BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 48 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire and all of the 50 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members.