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We are pleased to announce the merger of Rothschild House Surgery and Markyate Surgery effective from 31st May 2017.


We believe this merger offers important patient benefits combining our strengths, enhancing our team and enabling us to further enhance patient experience. Whilst this merger obviously signifies change, we are committed to making the process of integrating the two practices seamless to you.



What does this mean for patients of Markyate Surgery?


Between now and the 31st of May the service provided to patients at Markyate Surgery will not change. After the 31st of May the Doctors providing surgeries will change. It is the intention for a regular Doctor from Rothschild House Surgery to provide surgeries at Markyate to replace those provided by Dr Sepai. Dr Walter’s surgeries at Markyate will not change. The existing services and staff at Markyate will continue as before. Dr Sepai will leave after 21 years, to pursue new ventures from June 2017. Rothschild House Surgery intends to extend additional services currently provided at Tring to Markyate patients in due course. The philosophy of Rothschild House Surgery is to provide personal care close to home from a consistent clinical team focused on continuity of care and this philosophy will be extended to Markyate. There are no current plans to change the catchment area for Markyate Surgery.


What about the surgery premises?


Rothschild House Surgery is aware of the history and current situation with regard to the Markyate Surgery premises and the need to improve these in the future. There are on-going negotiations with NHS England, Herts Valleys CCG and Dacorum Borough Council to develop new premises that Rothschild House Surgery has been involved in and is committed and determined to see this development happen for the benefit of patients.


What will happen next?


As any developments are made over the next few months Rothschild House Surgery and Markyate Surgery will keep patients informed of these.


What to expect when having a Blood Test

You have been asked to have a blood test either by your Doctor or for routine monitoring because you are on regular medication.  Unless you bring a form from the hospital, your GP will have requested which blood tests are required. Please discuss any results with your Doctor.

    • You may have been asked to fast (not to eat or drink) for 12 hours before your blood test. However, you may take any medication that you normally take. It is advisable to drink plenty of plain water.

    • When you attend for your appointment your details will be checked to confirm your name and date of birth. The procedure will be explained to you.

    • To make sure their hands are as clean as possible before touching your arm the Nurse/Healthcare Assistant will have washed his/her hands before you enter the room. They will then apply special gel and may wear protective gloves. It is not necessary for your arm to be swabbed with an alcohol wipe prior to having blood taken; in fact it is not advised.

    • A tight band will be placed around your arm. This may feel a little uncomfortable, but should not be painful and will only last for a very short time.

    • The Nurse will feel for a suitable vein. Once the vein has been found you will be warned that there will be a small sting or scratch.  This is the needle going into your vein.

    • When all the vials have been taken the band on your arm will be removed. The needle will be removed and you will be asked to apply firm but gentle pressure to the pad placed over the site.  Pressure reduces the likelihood of bruising.
    • Markyate Surgery takes blood from hundreds of patients every year and the majority of people do not experience any problems.  Taking blood is a safe procedure although it is invasive, patients may feel a small amount of discomfort, but should not experience severe pain.  You may have some minor bruising and some mild tenderness over the site for a day or so.

    • Possible side effects

Markyate Surgery takes blood from hundreds of patients every year and the majority of people do not experience any problems.  Taking blood is a safe procedure although it is invasive, patients may feel a small amount of discomfort, but should not experience severe pain.  You may have some minor bruising and some mild tenderness over the site for a day or so.

Please do not wait if you are worried that something has gone wrong,  We want to help you as soon as possible, so please let the Nurse know and they may advise you to see your own Doctor to help reassure you.

 

 
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