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Blood testing service review updates

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NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want to improve blood taking (phlebotomy) services for all patients so earlier this year we carried out a programme of engagement to gather the views and experiences of patients, the public and health care staff.

Our approach was shaped by an engagement group made up of patient representatives, Healthwatch, and staff from across our health system and included surveys, focus groups and listening to patient feedback received by our Patient Advice and Liaison Service and people’s experiences of using the service during the pandemic.

We wanted to understand what people thought about the current blood taking service in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, to find out what is working well and how the service may be improved.

We received an amazing number of responses with over 3,500 people completing the public survey alone. All of the feedback has been analysed and key themes identified which we are using to help inform the future service.

The key themes included:

  • Of those who responded to the public survey, most people in Shropshire had their blood tested at a GP practice whereas most people in Telford and Wrekin had their blood tested at hospital.

  • For those having their blood tested at a GP practice, the top reason was that it was close to them, whereas for those having their blood tested at hospital, the top reason was that they had no other choice.

  • Having convenient and accessible locations for blood tests was also a theme that came from our focus groups and health care staff surveys.

  • Satisfaction with blood tests was high both during and before the pandemic.

  • Care and treatment received was rated highest both before and during the pandemic.

  • A very high proportion of respondents were confident in the skills of the person taking their blood, with over 98% indicating they were confident both before and during the pandemic.

  • Weekdays were the most popular day for having a blood test and morning the most popular choice of time.

  • To arrange an appointment, ‘through your GP practice’ was the most popular choice of method in Shropshire, while online was most popular in Telford and Wrekin.

Using this feedback and other intelligence, including workforce information and blood testing data, we are now developing the options for the new service with the help of health staff and patient representatives. Once we have a proposed model, we plan to ask people what they think to make sure it meets the needs of our population.

Over 89% of adults in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine

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The Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin vaccination programme continues with its successful roll-out, with well over 710,000 doses (including second doses) administered in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

As of the 5th September, the percentage of adults (18+) that have received at least one dose is over 89%, whilst over 83% have received both doses. 

The vaccination team is very proud to have won the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust Annual Awards in the Community Support & Fundraising Award category.

The Award recognises the excellent work of the team who have worked tirelessly to ensure the local population in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have been offered the vaccination.

On Thursday, 9th September, Angie Wallace, the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Integrated Care System’s Senior Responsible Officer for the programme and members of the Covid-19 Vaccination team accepted the Glass Trophy Award on behalf of the programme team including staff from the NHS and Local Authorities, volunteers, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and the military.

The Award was presented by Julia Clarke, Director of Public Participation at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and was celebrated with some photos!

Thank you to everyone involved in the vaccination programme and well done!

Currently in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, in line with national guidance, we will be offering the vaccine to everyone aged 12 and over.

For those 18 or over, two doses of the vaccine are recommended, appointments can be booked via the NHS booking site here , calling NHS 119 or by walking in to one of our pop-up or walk-in clinics across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, see here for a full list of Covid-19 Vaccination Walk-in Clinics.

All 16-and-17-year olds are being offered one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, under the new guidance issued by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). 16 and 17 year olds can pop along to Pfizer walk-in clinics for a full list see here. Parental consent is not required for those aged 16 and above.

Following the recent announcement on 13th September, all children and young people aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered a first dose of Pfizer vaccine. Parental consent will be required, and the NHS is preparing to deliver a school-based vaccination programme.

We are doing incredibly well in vaccinating young people in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, with over 79.5% of 18-24 year old’s already having had at least a first dose.

A big focus of our work continues to be the delivery and promotion of our pop-up clinics provided by the mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Service “Bob the Bus”. 

We have recently visited various locations across the county including the Princess Royal Hospital, the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shrewsbury Town Football Club, RAF Shawbury, Oswestry Balloon Carnival, Telford Balloon Fiesta, local nightclubs and colleges! Further trips are planned including the various campus locations of the Shrewsbury Colleges, Telford & Wrekin Colleges and other locations including Hadley Learning Community and Barnabas Community Church. 

The Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Service “Bob the Bus” enables us to provide pop-up clinics in those communities that are harder to reach, and we continue to work with local communities and businesses where vaccine uptake is low.

Phase 3 – Covid-19 Booster Programme

During September, for Phase 3, the Lead Provider of the Covid-19 vaccination programme will move from Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust to Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust. Angie Wallace will continue to be Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Integrated Care System’s Senior Responsible Officer for the programme. 

We are currently planning for the delivery of the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to people over the age of 50 and those who are at a high risk of COVID-19. This means care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged over 50, those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals will be prioritised.

All those that are eligible will be able to receive their COVID-19 booster vaccine at least 6 months after their second dose. Please do not contact the NHS, the NHS will invite you to come forward for a booster vaccine when it is your turn. 

In Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin we are in the process of confirming the location of our local vaccination sites with Primary Care Networks and Community Pharmacy colleagues. We anticipate three Hospital Hubs potentially at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, the Princess Royal Hospital and at Robert Jones Agnus Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital. 

Our Mobile Vaccination Unit, Bob the Bus will continue to travel to parts of the community (especially to areas of the county where vaccine uptake is low) and provide pop-up clinics to help improve access to the vaccine.

We remain committed to providing on-going and easy access to the Covid-19 vaccination for people from all parts of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

Watch the progress on the new Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre in this time-lapse video

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Building work to develop the new Headley Court Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre is now well underway and you can watch the progress so far on the time-lapse video below. 

Back in June, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital held an official ground-breaking ceremony for the facility, which will be dedicated to treating service personnel and veteran patients in a bespoke, military environment.

The £6 million two-storey building will include various areas for patients such as examination and clinic rooms, a treatment and procedure room, an assessment room and a splinting and therapy room, as well as clinic space for virtual appointments.

In the main entrance of the building, there will be a café and dedicated Veterans’ Hub where Shropshire Council and various military charities will provide support. The upstairs of the centre will feature dedicated Research offices, clinical teaching and training space for staff, a multi-disciplinary team room, and an office for admin staff.

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