CHRISTIANA HARTLEY MEDICAL PRACTICE & ROE LANE SURGERY - MERGER OF PRACTICES
As of the 1st of April, Dr Adele Farrell is GP Partner of Roe Lane Surgery following the retirement of Dr Alison Trevor. As a result of this, we are pleased to announce a merger of Christiana Hartley Medical Practice and Roe Lane Surgery.
We would like to reassure patients that you will still be able to access services, staff and clinics in the same way that you have become accustomed to in recent years. We will provide services across both sites and Roe Lane Surgery remains open and operational, however for face to face appointments with a GP or Nurse, you may be asked to attend Christiana Hartley Medical Practice on Curzon Road, which is a purpose built GP surgery approximately one and a half miles away.
With a greater number of staff including GPs, nurses, medicines management team and administrative staff, we will continue to provide patients with outstanding primary care services.
We are most grateful of your cooperation and support during the first few weeks of the merge as we attempt to make the transition as seamless as possible, please click here for further information.
****For Roe Lane Surgery Patients who use Online Access, this service will not be available from Thursday the 15th of April at 12noon through to Tuesday the 20th of April. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. For further information please telephone the Surgery to speak to a member of our team****
Deferring of Vitamin B12 Injections
Due to current COVID-19 we are having to temporarily suspend vitamin B12 injections. The NHS is currently under tremendous pressure. We therefore have to make some difficult decisions. The main reasons for the change are that many of our patients on B12 are at high risk and we do not want to put such patients at further risk by asking them to come and visit the practice. We are also trying to protect our own front line staff from unnecessary contact to help keep our essential services going.
All of the patients receiving vitamin B12 injections have already received the loading doses that are administered close together. Approximately 50% of the loading dose is stored in the liver for the body to use up slowly when needed. The 3 monthly injections therefore are just top ups. In other words you have plenty of B12 from the injections you have already received to last many months through this crisis.
Some patients will have had a diagnosis of pernicious anaemia. The loading doses which everyone has to begin with have effectively treated the pernicious anaemia, by flooding the body with B12, 50% of which is stored in the liver and used up as required. The 3 monthly injections which follow are simply a precaution to stop the pernicious anaemia coming back. As stated, the initial loading dose will have created sufficient levels and stores to take us though this difficult time without ill effect.
At the moment we are unable to prescribe oral (taken by mouth) vitamin B12 but it can be purchased over the counter from chemists and food supplement shops if you wish.
We appreciate your understanding through this difficult time.
Christiana Hartley Medical Practice & Roe Lane Surgery
172 Roe Lane
Tel: 01704 531114/534137/228439
Fax: RIGHTFAX 01704 506878/385036