Routine nurse appointments
Appointments with our nursing team are booked according to reason with the most appropriate member of our highly experienced nursing team.
We offer a range of services in our treatment rooms, including:
Phlebotomist and Health Care Assistant appointments
Our Health care Assistants give vital support to our practice nursing team and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement, dressings, and patient health checks.
The HCAs/Phlebotomists take the majority of the blood samples in the practice and are available each day of the week. Bookings are morning and afternoons as the samples need to be delivered to the BRI lab for testing that day.
Bloods and other samples do have a deadline on a Friday, this is because samples cannot be held in the surgery over the weekend. It will depend on your surgery branch as to what time the last sample collection is due, and therefore what time they are able to offer as a last appointment on this day.
Secondary Care phlebotomy
Traditionally, when you attend your GP Surgery to see a member of the Nursing Team to have blood taken this will be at the request of a GP or Advanced Nurse Practitioner.
For patients receiving care from hospital clinicians and specialised services you may be asked to attend Bridge View Medical for planned care blood tests. This is easier for the patient and relieves some pressure on the hospitals. To enable this service to work, it is vital that the test results for these hospital requested tests go back to the hospital clinician and not to the patient's GP. This is because many of the hospital medications cannot be managed by your GP and clinical responsibility is with the clinician prescribing the medication.
Bridge View Medical will therefore be unable to give results for these secondary care tests and will advise that you speak to the specialist team in regards to further care.