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Urgent news about blood tests

There is a national shortage of blood bottles which is expected to last until 17th September 2021. This is affecting every healthcare service provider. We have therefore been told by the NHS to postpone all non-urgent blood tests.  Please read the important information here.

Currently we at Ashburton are being asked to prioritise what bloods we can do as a Practice. Unfortunately this will mean that some routine blood tests i.e. for annual reviews may have to be postponed ensuring there is enough supply for those patients at higher risk. 

Please note that routine tests will only be deferred if clinically safe to do so. You do not need to contact the Practice if there is a change to your appointment, we will be in touch. 

Thank you for your understanding.

Pain

Often, chronic pain is an illness in its own right, due to a fault or malfunction in the body's pain system. You may have a painful diagnosed condition such as arthritis or diabetes nerve pain. Or, you may have a painful condition that medical science doesn't fully understand, such as long-term back pain.

Whatever the cause of your pain, it's important that doctors and other clinicians take you and your pain seriously. That's because pain is a complicated, hard-to-treat problem, and the answer may not necessarily always be stronger and stronger painkillers.

Support for patients managing MSK injury or pain at home

If you need support in managing musculoskeletal (MSK) bone, joint or muscle pain there are extensive online resources to help you manage at home.

 

Torbay and South Devon Community Physio team have produced a suite of online video resources – https://videos.torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk/physiotherapy

 

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) have also a large amount of online resources including videos and leaflets about managing pain at home – https://www.csp.org.uk/conditions/managing-pain-home