Practice News and Updates

20th May

Concerns over infected blood

Infected Blood Inquiry

A public inquiry, due to be published on 20/05/24 is investigating the circumstances in which patients treated by the NHS in the 1970s and 1980s received infected blood and/or blood products, the impact on their families, how the authorities (including government) responded and the care and support provided to those infected and affected (such as their families, loved ones and carers).

The blood services began routinely screening donations for hepatitis B in 1972, screening for HIV in 1985 and screening for hepatitis C in 1991. Some affected people will have already been contacted by the blood service as part of this investigation.

If you have not yet been contacted by the blood service, and think that you need testing, Talbot Medical Centre can arrange relevant blood tests. We recommend testing people affected as set out below:

If you received blood prior to 1992 but have not been tested for Hepatitis C.

  • The risk of having received HIV through blood transfusion is much lower as the prevalence of HIV in blood donors was also lower but if you are concerned about the risk of HIV through transfusion, testing can also be arranged for this as required. 

Please contact the surgery via KLINIK in order to arrange a blood test. Please provide us with information regarding the timings of your transfusion if known to help assist us in managing your request. 

Online Contact (klinik.co.uk)

Patients can self order hepatitis C tests by following this link https://hepctest.nhs.uk/

If you have been affected by Infected Blood transfusions, or would like to learn more about the Infected Blood Inquiry, please see the link below for further information

https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/who-we-are/transparency/infected-blood-inquiry/

6th Feb

General Practice Team

More healthcare professionals are being recruited to work alongside GPs in general practice. Depending on your needs, you may be seen by a member of the wider practice team. Having access to a range of professionals means you receive the most appropriate care as quickly as possible.

To find out more about the different roles now in general practice, please click here to download a leaflet.