There is currently an international shortage of blood bottles, affecting blood tests both in the hospital and in the community and primary care. As a result of the shortage, all doctors have been told to suspend non-essential blood tests. Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one, but in some cases, where it is safe, you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date or your appointment may be rescheduled. Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when tests will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will re-book your test as soon as we can. If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally. University Hospital Southampton and our GP Surgeries are working together to support the management of this incident across Southampton. Thank you for your ongoing support.
You may have heard in the news that the government intend to extract data from GP surgeries for planning and research purposes.
This has now been delayed until September due to concerns about the lack of publicity and explanation about what is being proposed. See the BBC News Website for more background on this.
Patients have the right to opt out of this data extraction. Please see the NHS Digital website about the opting out process which involves completing this form and returning it to us at the surgery so that the correct opt-out code can be added to your notes to prevent the data extraction. Please do not contact the surgery about this as we are receiving multiple calls and it is affecting our ability to respond to patients who may need urgent medical attention.
*** Further update August 2021 ***:
Due to widespread concerns expressed by GPs, NHS Digital has postponed the data extraction further with no new date set yet.
In line with government advice we are recommending that patients and other visitors to the surgery wear a face covering. Young children and those who are unable to tolerate a mask are not required to wear one.
Please see the government website for more information.
Please do not contact us to request an exemption from mask wearing for any reason. You are able to print your own exemption card from the government website here.
Resources for Young People & their families
The Little Blue Book of Sunshine - Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Edition, a mental health booklet that has been developed for children and young people in Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight.
The book aims to help children and young people by sharing tips on how to deal with many problems, such as anxiety, body image, relationships and anger. It also includes information about where to get help when needed. The resources available towards the latter pages within the booklet are for local services in each area as well as services that are available across Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight.
Over the last year, lives of children and young people have been affected more than ever, during long periods of national lockdown, with young people sometimes feeling down, worried or anxious. The #littlebluebookofsunshine explains some of the things children and young people can do right now to feel better, and who to turn to if things feel too much.
The booklet is available in Apple Books and Google Play Books. Please feel free to use these links to access and share further. Additional to this, please see attached a PDF version of the booklet. Please note that pending future annual reviews and updates to the booklet, the versions available on Apple Books and Google Play Books will automatically be updated and always up to date.
Their website can be accessed below or alternatively read their social prescribing leaflet
Click here to go to their website or view an extract from their mission statement below:
Welcome to The Mix
Life’s tough, we know that. It can throw a lot your way and make it hard to know what the hell to do with it all.
So, welcome to The Mix. Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all. Because you can. Because you’re awesome.
We’ll connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing – for everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs.
We’re a free and confidential multi-channel service. That means that you choose how you access our support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Whether it be through our articles and video content online or our phone, email, peer to peer and counselling services – we put the control in your hands. You can even volunteer with us too.
We want to be the first place young people turn to get support. Sometimes what you’re told at school or at home just doesn’t cut it. We’re here whenever you need us, wherever you are. We can ensure you have all the best information to make the right choices for yourself.
Life is hard, but support doesn’t have to be. We’ve got this.
Vision Mission Values:
What we do: The Mix is here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts that people under 25 have in order to give them the best support through our digital and phone services.
Our Vision is that all young people should be able to make informed choices about their physical and mental wellbeing so that they can live better lives.
Our Mission is to become the first point of contact for any young person seeking help or information on any subject wherever and whenever they need it.
- Empowering – we lead, we train & support, we respect, we give space to grow, we give power to chose
- Brave – we innovate, we pioneer, we take risks, we tell it how it is
- Supportive – we listen, we encourage, we care, we’re understanding, we are empathetic
- Collaborative – we are open & transparent, we co-create, we respect experience & expertise
- Proactive – we create situations, we make things happen, we get things done
- Non-judgemental – we do not judge, we do not criticise, we do not blame
Harmless was established at the beginning of October 2007 to respond to the needs of people who do or are at risk of self-harm and suicide. It is a national voluntary organisation for people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals.
https://what0-18.nhs.uk/ Healthier together website provided by local children's specialists. informaiton and support on physical and mental health problems for children and their parents.
https://childdevelopmentinfo.com/ - This covers numerous symptoms of developmental disorders and mental health conditions. It also has a lot of helpful advice ranging from online safety to getting children to eat greens. Mixture of articles and short videos.
www.young minds.org.uk - informaiton and advice for young peopl, parents and profressionals; includes a telephone advice line and videos. This website covers emotional health, mental health conditions and neurodevelopmental dosroders eg Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
www.getselfhelp.co.uk - this website contains freee downloadable activities and videos for you to support your child to manage their emotional and mental health
The SENDIASS aims to empower children and young people with special educational needs/disabilities and their parents/carers to make informed decisions about education, health and social care.
Tel: 0300 303 2677
Domestic Violence Support
https://www.hamptontrust.org.uk/ Support projects for those who have perpetrated domestic abuse and adults and young people who have experienced domestic abuse
Websites and apps & helplines
You can use the app to record whatever you feel worried about. It uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to help you notice and challenge your worries. It can also help you create an action plan for managing worry.