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Infected Blood Inquiry

Following recent media coverage about the Infected Blood Inquiry, we understand that some people may be concerned about their own health.

Please see the dedicated NHS webpage for key information about this and signposting on where to find support: https://nhs.uk/infected-blood-support

Since 1991, all blood donated in the UK is screened and distributed by NHS Blood and Transplant following rigorous safety standards and testing to protect both donors and patients.

Since testing has been introduced, the risk of getting an infection from a blood transfusion or blood products is very low. 

All blood donors are screened at every donation and every donation is tested before it is sent to hospitals. Blood services and blood safety has been transformed, not only in terms of technological advances in testing but also in the way donors are recruited and checked they are safe to donate.

Given the time that has elapsed since the last use of infected blood products, most of those who were directly affected have been identified and started appropropriate treatment. However, there may be a small number of patients where this is not the case and particulalry where they are living with asymptomatic Hepatitis C. 

If you are worried about your risk of Hepatitis C, you can order a free confidential test online through the NHS Website: 

 

Hepatitis B is also linked to infected blood, this usually clears up on its own without treatment, but could develop into chronic hepatitis B.  Patients can find out more information here - hepatitis B information

HIV testing is also provided to anyone free of charge on the NHS.  Home testing and home sampling kits are also available.  You can find out more about HIV testing and the HIV testing services search tool on the NHS website.

Patients who want more details about the safety of blood from donations in England can find more information here:  https://www.blood.co.uk/the-donation-process/further-information/your-safety/

Getting the Right Help and Advice

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Try Self Care First

Many minor illnesses like coughs, colds, back ache, hay fever and minor injuries either get better without any intervention or can be self managed using over the counter remedies

Talk to your local pharmacist or try our

Self Care Advice page.

Some Useful Links 

NHS 111 Online

Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) Bognor Memorial Hospital

NHS Health A-Z

Selsey Medical Practice Self Care Advice

Online Consultation System

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Online Consultation Tool

You can contact us about a medical or administrative issue by clicking HERE.

We have replaced the ‘e-Consult’ online consultation system with what we think is an easier system for you to use. The new system uses simple online forms and is a quick and easy way for you to contact us.

Using a smart phone, tablet, or computer, you will need to complete a short form and enter a few personal details, but you won’t have to answer lots of questions.

Your request will be reviewed within 2 working days.

You can use the online consultation system weekdays from 06:00 - 15:00.

(If there is a very high demand, we may adjust these timings).

Please note that online consultations should not be made for minor injuries; for these, you should contact Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Bognor War Memorial Hospital.

https://florey.accurx.com/p/H82037

Opening Times

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Telephoning the Practice

  • Phone lines are open between 08:00 - 18:30.
  • Please note that between 12:30 - 13:30 and 17:45 - 18:30, Selsey Medical Practice is open for emergencies only. If you telephone during this time, requiring assistance which cannot wait, please hold, otherwise please call back at another time.
  • The busiest time to call is early in the morning or early afternoon, please avoid calling at busy times for routine enquires and results.
  • If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 999.
  • Please do not come into the surgery if anyone in your household has any covid symptoms.

Practice Data - April 24

April data

Friends and Family Test

NHS feedback

We would like your Feedback

We would like your feedback on the care or treatment we give you, any time you visit your GP or have contact with the practice. It doesn't take long.

Click this link to open a short online form.

The chart shows how you responded in April.

April responses

Rebuild General Practice

General practice should be at the heart of every community – keeping patients safe and providing strong foundations for the rest of the NHS. But decades of neglect has broken the entire system.  We don’t have enough family doctors to treat our patients, GPs are leaving the profession in droves, and practices are closing all over the UK. Patients should be able to see us when they need to.

Rebuild General Practice is an organisation which represents GPs from across England, Scotland, and Wales, who are calling for support to Rebuild General Practice.

To find out more about their campaign please follow this link.

Waiting for Hospital Appointments

Unfortunately, following the pandemic, hospital waiting times for procedures and appointments have increased.  If you are waiting for a procedure or appointment at the hospital please do not contact the surgery about this, as we do not have access to the hospital appointment or waiting list system.

If your condition has worsened please contact the outpatient department to enquire when your appointment will be. The details of the outpatient department should be on any correspondence that you have received from the hospital. 

If you feel that your symptoms are more severe and that the appointment time is too long, then please contact the specialist’s secretary to and ask the specialist secretary to request that the specialist review your referral in light of your new symptoms. The number and email for the specialist secretary should be on the correspondence which you have received from them. 

If you are unable to contact outpatients or the specialist secretary then please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Monday to Friday10:00 am to 3:00 pm

tel:01243831822

Uhsussex.palschichester@nhs.net

If you are concerned that your new symptoms may not be related to your original condition then you should let us know, and we can assess, advise, and manage your new condition.

PSA Testing and Prostate Cancer

PSA testing is a blood test that can help diagnose prostate problems however it is not perfect test and the biggest risk for prostate cancer is a family history.

If you are over 50 and do not have urinary symptoms please read this leaflet first and contact the practice if you would like a blood test.

Prostate Cancer PSA testing Information

The leaflet has advice about what to do before the test to reduce a false positive.

If you do have any symptoms please make an appointment to see a clinician.