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It’s been a little over a month since Rothschild House and Markyate surgeries merged.  We are so pleased to be working with the local community in Markyate and would like to thank everyone for being patient with us during this transition.


Many thanks to those of you who attended our Open Day on Saturday 8th July; it was a fantastic day. We got the opportunity to meet over ninety of our patients, offer them health checks and answer their questions.


The two most commonly asked questions were:



  1. Whether patients would have a named doctor

  2. and

  3. What the plan is for new premises


The named doctor for all patients registered at Markyate surgery will be Dr Choudhury.  Dr Ravichander and one other, soon to be appointed doctor will also be covering the surgery.


Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to Dr Walters who retires in August, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Walters for her invaluable service to the community, her kind assistance during the transition period and wish her a thoroughly enjoyable retirement. 


Unfortunately, the building previously designated for the new premises has been found to be unacceptable.  We are actively trying to secure new premises for the surgery and remain in regular contact with Dacorum Borough Council and NHS England in regards to this. We’re hoping to have news for you regarding premises very soon – watch this space!


For those patients unable to attend the Open Day, we would still love to hear your opinions on the merger and invite you to share them with us via an online survey we have created.


Click on this link to view the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DS8H2DG

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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