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Do you love the NHS and do you have a special story about it that you would like to share?
Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups are inviting local people to tell their personal stories of why they love the NHS in the run-up to the NHS 70th birthday on 5th July.
We want to hear from patients, volunteers, carers or members of NHS staff (past and present) who are willing to share their experience of the NHS and how much it means to them.
Perhaps you or a family member experienced compassion and dedication of NHS staff, pioneering or life-saving treatment, or maybe you share the same birthday as the NHS, or were one of the first NHS babies. Or you may have helped the NHS as a volunteer, or are a current or retired NHS member of staff – we would love to hear from everyone who has a story to tell about how much the NHS means to you.
The stories will form part of a legacy which celebrates the NHS heritage, and they will be shared over the course of the NHS birthday year on the Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups’ websites. Some of the local personal stories that are being collected will also be offered to the national NHS 70 archive, so they will become a piece of national history.
We have already started to collect some wonderful stories – from staff, volunteers and patients – and these can be seen on our websites:www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk or www.lutonccg.nhs.uk
To share your story about your local NHS and why it means a lot to you, just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Look out for our local #NHS70Stories on Twitter @BCCG5 or @NHS_LCCG and on Facebook.
Introducing our new nursing team
We would like to welcome three new nurses to our clinical team.
Alona Subong - Minor Illness Nurse - Alona can see and treat both children and adults.
Charmane Evans - Practice Nurse
Melanie Collins - Advanced Nurse Practitioner, specialising in paediatric care from 0-19 years. She is also an independent prescribing nurse.
Changes to Phlebotomy
We shall be reducing the number of phlebotomy appointments we offer. We will also be restricting patients who can book their blood tests at the practice. Patients who are elderly (65+), or patients who have a disability or long term condition can have their bloods at the practice. All other patients should be redirected to the Hospital. This is at the clinician's discretion however, and if a clinician feels that the patient should have their blood test here even if they are not in one of the categories listed above, they can be booked
Extended Hours Questionnaire
All patients can complete the following survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BCCGExtendedHours so the Bedfordshire Clinical Commisioning Group can access the demand for extended hours access.
Urine Specimen Pots
As of the 1st June 2017, we are no longer providing urine sample pots. If you need to provide a specimen and are seeing a clinician you will be provided with a disposable specimen pot. However, if you require a specimen pot for anything else, you will need to purchase a specimen pot from your local pharmacy or provide the specimen in a sterile container.
The Luton and Dunstable Hospital have recently changed their guidance regarding urine sample pots. They will only accept boric acid (red top) for specimens being sent to the hospital lab for processing however, if a sample is provided in the white top sample bottles, it will be rejected by the lab. However, if the clinician urine dip's the sample, this can only be done in a white topped bottle which isn't provided by the hospital anymore. We cannot urine dip a sample in a boric acid (red top) sample bottle as it will provide us with a false reading.
If you are a diabetic patient, you will still be provided with the monovette urine sample kits for your annual review.
CQC Inspection - Rating Given
The Care Quality Commission inspected our surgery on the 16th February 2016. Overall we were given a 'Good' rating and achieved an 'Outstanding' rating for caring for vulnerable patients. The full report can be viewed by clicking here.
Colour Dash for Keech Hospice
From left to right - Healthcare Assistant - Helen Joynson
Reception Manager - Kyle de Ronde
Kim Carberry - Pharmacy Technician
Tracey Nyilas - Practice Manager
Claire Hamill - Assistant Practice Manager
Claire Smith - Medical Secretary
Prestigious award for our Practice Manager
Our Practice Manager Tracey Nyilas has been awarded the Royal College of General Practitioners Practice Manager of the Year 2015.
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Extended Hours Appointments
We offer appointments from 18:30pm for patient's who struggle to attend appointments during a working day.
When booking your appointment, please state you would like an extended hours appointment.
Are you aged between 70 and 72 or between 78 or 79? If so, please ring the surgery to book your shingles vaccination.
See the link at the bottom of this page for more information about the flu vaccination.