Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has confirmed a service providing community blood tests will be provided from Dunstable Health Centre in Priory Gardens, Dunstable from this week.
The service will run parallel to the service already provided by the Luton and Dunstable (L&D) Hospital.
The service 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.
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 Dunstable and Houghton Regis.”