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Lisamac7414
Lisamac7414

Does anyone know if we should still be attending the hospital for our blood tests?? I'm supposed to be having a blood test every 2 weeks at the moment and I am due a blood test next week?

UPDATE: I've just called the blood test booking line, they are still doing blood tests at one hospital but all blood tests at our other hospital have been cancelled. I explained I need a test every 2 weeks as on MTX and also have Chronic Kidney disease stage 3b, she said to still go and booked me in for monday morning!!

Good luck to anyone else who needs a blood test, please check with whom ever is doing your test before turning up!!

Thank you all for all your replies! Much appreciated Thank you! Stay safe all! :))

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Hi there,

I contacted my nurse today and was assured that my bloods appointment will go ahead.

Lisamac7414
Lisamac7414
in reply to 193639

Ok thanx for your reply! Probably down to what area your in and what is happening in each hospital. Stay safe! X

My OH had a letter to say do not attend for blood test (due Thurs) or for hospital prescription. Do not phone hospital. A phone call to say do not attend local clinic for blood test (also due this week) either. Wait for further instructions. I expect they will prioritise what is vital and what can wait.

Thanx for reply! Yes it's very confusing, not sure what to do! Stay safe X

Dobcross1
Dobcross1
in reply to Stayloose

Same here, Rheumatology appointment next week cancelled and blood test (2 weekly monitoring re methotrexate) is now cancelled - the blood test is a bit worrying advice had 3 abnormal liver readings but apparently no further information at this time. So, as the saying goes, I'm just going to 'keep taking the medicine' and cross my fingers! Hope you have better luck...

Bacharia
Bacharia
in reply to Dobcross1

I'm in a similar situation regarding liver readings, but was taken off MTX for a few weeks. Blood test last week vastly improved. Had a phone call from my consultant yesterday to say restart MTX at half previous dose, blood tests to continue fortnightly at hospital, but any consultations with her will be by phone for the time-being.

Maybe it depends on each person's situation as to whether their tests continue or are cancelled. If you really need blood tests, I'm sure they have to find a way to get them done.

Dobcross1
Dobcross1
in reply to Bacharia

Thank you. I'm going to ring GP surgery next week to see what they say (if I can get through - its permanently engaged!!)

Witsend8
Witsend8
in reply to Stayloose

Fingers crossed for toy then. I know different health trusts all do things differently xx

I get blood tests every 2 weeks and was contacted by gp surgery (shared care arrangement with hospital) to attend for blood tests with nurse at surgery tomorrow. GP’s is apparently closed now and just doing essential appointments and say they will be giving me mask and gloves etc at entrance.

Lisamac7414
Lisamac7414
in reply to Eden1

Thanx for reply, yes lots of different advice! Stay safe X

I called and mine and they said to go to gp for them. Guess each department will have different way. Check with someone at hospital phlebotomy maybe best if can't get thru to department. Good luck mine at gp tomorrow then appt by phone

Thanx for reply, yes not sure who to phone to check! Stay safe! X

I am due mine today and the doctors surgery are going ahead with some appointments if deemed essential. I checked yesterday and I am still able to have mine done today as they are my essential rheumatology bloods. Apparently it is managed by a strict process to ensure only 1 in and 1 out and I am guessing PPE and hand washing will be instructed which is great. So it seems it is down to individual GPs to assess the need and then cancel or arrange based on this. I would not go if it was at the main hospital as the risk of becoming ill would be increased unless they too have changed their approach to support social distancing. Usually the blood testing area is heaving with people so not sure what they have done about that.

Lisamac7414
Lisamac7414
in reply to TPaine

Thanx for reply! When I called the blood test booking line last week, there was only 2 places in my area (west mids) doing blood tests, both are local hospitals, stay safe! X

Try to asking hospital to send the tests needrd to your gp, mine did this. Though i know from experience west mids in some areas aren't the best. I moved from there due to this.

weatherwax
weatherwax
in reply to TPaine

I had my blood test done this morning at my hospital and they are only doing it by appointment so no people in the normally busy waiting room, and any small queue that forms they are making sure everyone is 2 metres apart, Lots of hand foam everywhere too. The hospital was very quiet and only a few cars in the car park that is usually nearly full. My son works at a GP surgery and he recommends anyone having regular blood tests to get an appointment as early as possible so the footfall into the surgery is at a minimum. Stay safe.

I have my next test booked at the surgery for next Tuesday and as far as I know, it's still going ahead.

I have to say, I'm half tempted to cancel myself, but on the basis that they're prioritising our tests even when so much else is being cancelled, I can only assume they're important enough to take some (hopefully relatively) small risk and fingers crossed the surgery will be doing everything they can to minimise that.

AgedCrone
AgedCrone
in reply to cass24

Your blood tests are vital...if the drugs you are taking are having any adverse

effect on your body that will show up in these tests before you have any noticeable symptoms.

If you aren’t informed it has been cancelled ....please attend your appointment. Maybe in today’s uncertain times you could double check before you go.

cass24
cass24
in reply to AgedCrone

Please rest assured, though nervous about it, I will be attending unless advised otherwise x

Lisamac7414
Lisamac7414
in reply to cass24

Thanx for reply! Yes everyone seems to have been told something different, might need to try and phone gp see what they are saying, stay safe! X

It depends where you live, our towns GP surgery’s don’t do blood tests, they are referred to the local community hospital, as from Monday they are only doing emergency tests. I understand my general hospital is only doing appointments now, it also has cases of Covid-19 so not sure I want to go there. I went for a US to another of the groups hospital on Monday, I was seen, but the doctor deferred her lunch break to see me and told me to get out of the hospital straight away after. The latter two are in outer East London. Being on a bio med and Mtx I will take advices as have these 3 monthly, to issue the medications. Luckily I had some done last week, but these were for my GP , I have a telephone appointment on Friday with him. I suggest you ask either the hospital rheumy nurse, or your GP’s x

Lisamac7414
Lisamac7414
in reply to Gigi71

Thanx for reply, every area seems to be doing something different which is very confusing! Stay safe X

Gigi71
Gigi71
in reply to Lisamac7414

Just had an email from one of the members of our local RA group, asking us all if they have been able to get through to their rheumy team as she can’t, been trying for days, I guess they are inundated. Very difficult times. Good luck x

Witsend8
Witsend8
in reply to Gigi71

See if can email if cant get on phone

Will take time to get reoky, put phone number on email kxx worth a try xx

Ask your rheumy nurse,GP, or place where you have you blood tests....it will depend on your particular situation....every one should check for themselves,

Yes good advice, only problem is all the important phone lines you need to call for information are constantly engaged, which is understandable with what's going on, stay safe! X

If you can, tey emailing them xx

In the present situation I’m afraid we have just got to persevere haven’t we?

Witsend8
Witsend8
in reply to AgedCrone

Yes we do, but don't worry about things. If you can email try that, or if anyone you knowcan email ask them to do it on your behalf. Take care xx

AgedCrone
AgedCrone
in reply to Witsend8

Who was this for...I’m not worried about anything!

Hi Lisamac. I rang my Medical Centre early last week and asked her if the bloods were still being taken (I had an appointment booked for 25 March). I told her I had RA and had to have the bloods taken every two weeks for now and she advised me that they are still doing the MTX bloods. I was also told to have bloods done by a nurse/practitioner over a week ago to check my kidneys as I have started a new BP medicine.

I phoned my GPs this morning as mines due Monday morning,she said nurse will phone before then as everyone needs screened before going to surgery and if I didn’t hear from them before Monday then I’ve to phone them on Monday morning

I went on Friday to my GP. Waited outside and pressed a buzzer for entry. I was then given a mask to wear throughout my appointment. Blood results came in as usual yesterday. M x

Hi,

I've been asking this same question as am due a bloods review next week.

So, I weighed up the risks between going to the surgery and putting myself at risk vs skipping the blood tests while I'm in self isolation.

Although the surgery will do their best to minimise the risk of catching the virus, from the experiences faced in Italy, the virus will probably be there, somewhere. Even if the risk is reduced to a very low degree by the surgery, with masks and gloves etc, I think I have to assume it still exists. The virus remains airborne for 3 hours and can enter our bodies through our eyes. So, I would definitely prefer to avoid the risk at all costs. I realise that treatment for covid-19 in hospitals will be available for all those people without underlying health conditions before me.

The risks for me of not having my blood tests are a) possible undetected damage from Methotrexate and/or b) my surgery refusing to prescribe further drugs. For the sake of a few weeks, I'm more willing to take this risk because, although the impact could be very important, it will be temporary. But, my condition is fairly stable, so I'm also taking this into account.

Again, the decision to break self isolation is a personal choice, as it's your health and life. It's clear that the NHS doesn't yet have a blanket approach to blood tests, and it's unlikely to do an individual risk assessment (because they are so busy). So, I think we all need to do what we think is right for us, taking into account our personal situations. Not easy decisions in these weird times.

Lets hope we all stay safe and get through this.

L

I thought they'd have been cancelled? I m not going to m y Hospital for mine at the moment.

I asked in an email and reply was to get bloods done. The hospital where I go to lab was a ghost town. Took all of 5 min. Got the results back the next day.

My RA appt isn't for a couple weeks but got an email telling me it would be a virtual visit with the Dr and to download an app to use for FaceTime with the Dr. Ain't technology Grand?

Witsend8
Witsend8
in reply to MarshaM

It helps in times like this.kots medics doing it this way in some olaces. May be here to stay, tjiugh personally prefer human touch x

MarshaM
MarshaM
in reply to Witsend8

Agree, but don't want to catch anything from going to the dr office either.

nomoreheels
nomoreheels
in reply to MarshaM

But Marsha, FaceTime isn’t secure. Our Rheumy Dept have asked us to download Zoom which is. I did so & I have a virtual appointment in a few minutes, that is if the Rheumy/Registrar is running to time.

MarshaM
MarshaM
in reply to nomoreheels

Yes, it's not Face Time. The hospital had me download their app to use

Our Practice are screening by phone first a few days prior to appointment date & asked if you have symptoms in the meantime to call to let them know. I had mine on Tuesday, quarantine areas all over the general areas, reception & the lift. Questioned from the vestibule area a good way from the barrier the nurses asking the questions are behind & if ok they sanitise your hands. Sanitise again prior to using screen check-in, & after, then asked to hand sanitise again before exiting the premises.

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