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There is a national shortage of blood bottles which is expected to last until 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. Please read the important information here.
Currently we at Ashburton are being asked to prioritise what bloods we can do as a Practice. Unfortunately this will mean that some routine blood tests i.e. for annual reviews may have to be postponed ensuring there is enough supply for those patients at higher risk.
Please note that routine tests will only be deferred if clinically safe to do so. You do not need to contact the Practice if there is a change to your appointment, we will be in touch.
Thank you for your understanding.
Information from GOV.uk : Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
In a pioneering approach to target groups who are digitally excluded, an informative newspaper is being delivered to more than 300,000 homes across Devon as an essential guide to services and next steps in the continuing efforts against Covid-19.
The publication was jointly commissioned by NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and Devon County Council.
It aims to ensure that residents, particularly in rural or isolated communities, are kept up to date on how services are meeting the challenges of the pandemic and know how to get the help they need.
The paper also includes latest Government advice on staying safe.
The 16-page colour newspaper has been professionally produced will be delivered free directly to homes as well as being offered, where appropriate, in supermarkets and other publicly-accessible settings.
Content includes vital information to ensure that people get the NHS care they need, including mental health and support services; help for those shielding; the work of Devon and Cornwall Police in keeping people safe; the vital roles of care home staff; praise for volunteers; safeguarding the environment; advice on domestic abuse and victim support; help for young people; returning to school; help for businesses, road safety information and a handy back page directory of key contacts.
You can read the newspaper here: https://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&pubid=705c1249-f093-49ed-acf5-acefd9935afb
Optometrists advise how to wear glasses with facemasks to prevent fogging
Wearing a facemask or face covering is becoming the new normal, but one of the minor problems of the COVID-19 pandemic is fogged-up eyewear. This happens when warm breath escapes from the top of the mask and lands on the cooler surface of the lens. Ceri Smith-Jaynes from the Association of Optometrists (AOP) has come up with the following ways you can prevent your glasses from fogging:
End of life care during coronavirus
If your family member or friend is approaching the end of their life, you might have lots of questions about how you can support them. You may worry about things like how to keep them safe during the coronavirus situation, what services are available and what to do when your loved one dies. You can find the information to help below.
Bereavement from Covid-19
Torbay and South Devon COVID19 Emotional Wellbeing Helpline
Lots of us are being affected by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. We talk a lot about our physical health, but it's important to remember the impact on our mental health too.
Who is the helpline for?
The emotional wellbeing helpline is for anyone who needs support with their emotional health and wellbeing. The service is available to members of the public, to bereaved relatives, and to health or care colleagues seeking support in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
How does the helpline work?
The COVID-19 emotional wellbeing helpline is being delivered by Rowcroft’s experienced, compassionate and friendly call handlers. The team offer up to an hour of supportive listening, providing you with space to talk about your situation and current experiences.
Your call handler will assess your needs sensitively throughout your call, enabling them to signpost you to support services that may help you, or provide further information.
Our staff at the helpline will
If during your call, your call handler has concerns regarding your safety they will signpost you to crisis services, which could include the Samaritans, your GP, 111 for an out of hours appointment, or A&E.
How to access the Helpline
You can request support by dialling 01803 217433. You will need to provide some personal details, including a brief summary of what you would like support with, and a call handler will do their best to contact you within 2-3 working days.
The helpline will operate Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, however the answerphone function allows you to call with your details at any time.
The wellbeing support line is not a crisis response line. If you have immediate concerns about your or somebody else’s safety, please call 999 /111 or the Samaritans on 116 123 (24hr helpline)
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Medical Care when we are closed
NON-EMERGENCY: Have a look at out "Get health information" page. Alternatively, call 111 for non-urgent medical advice.
MINOR INJURIES: We do not provide a minor injuries service. You should attend A&E or a local minor iunjuries unit. The LIVE WAITING times for these services are listed here.
EMERGENCY: Dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department (you must not dial 999 for anything other than an emergency)
If you do need to attend the emergency department at Torbay Hospital please read this leaflet.