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Featured Wednesday, Apr 24 2019

Pre-bookable blood tests during evenings and weekends for Slough residents

NHS commissioners in East Berkshire have produced a small pocket sized card reminding residents that they can pre-book a blood test during evenings and weekends.

The appointments are bookable as part of the ‘Extended Access to GP services’ in Slough which allows people who find it difficult to take time off work or have other commitments during daytime hours to access general practice at a time more suitable to them.

People must be registered with a GP surgery in Slough in order to access these additional appointments which must be booked in advance via their own GP practice. The service cannot accept walk-in patients.

The ‘Extended Access to GP services’ is provided by Bharani Medical centre in Slough from their practice in Lansdowne Avenue. Blood tests as well as other evening and weekend appointments with local GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals take place at this site, outside of normal general practice working hours.

The service runs between 6.30pm to 8.00pm Monday to Friday and between 9am-2pm at weekends.

Please note that the service is in addition to some GP practices offering routine blood test appointments Monday to Friday.

If urgent care is required, people are advised to call NHS111 for advice.

Note to picture desk – The photograph is of Dr Bharan Kumar – a GP at Bharani Medical Centre and Ragstone Road surgery.