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Welcome to Rowlands Castle Surgery

The surgery will be closed for training from 1 pm on Tuesday 5th March.  If you cannot wait to see a GP until the surgery reopens on Wednesday morning please call 111.  In an emergency dial 999.  Thank you.

Your Blood Test Services

 Blood test services (phlebotomy) have always been provided for you by staff from Southern Health Foundation Trust at this surgery on a Wednesday morning and at various local clinics throughout the week.

From April 1, 2019, blood tests, requested by us, for you, will be carried out here at the surgery on a Wednesday or Thursday morning by staff directly employed at the surgery.

By providing the service in-house, we hope this will help us to improve our services to you by:

  •      Improving your access to our services.
  •      Providing a more holistic service when you come to have your blood taken.

This will help the local NHS streamline its community phlebotomy services across the area, so that all GP Practices will all be offering this service in the same way.

Patients who already have their blood taken at home will not be affected, as these services will continue.

If you have any questions about the change in service our receptionists will be happy to help.

Portsmouth Hospital Trust (PHT) will continue to take your bloods at Queen Alexandra Hospital if the request is as a result of an appointment you have had at the hospital or part of the care you are under at the hospital. The hospital staff will be able to tell you the opening hours of the various sites.

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Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).

The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.


NHS charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £8.80
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
  • 3-month PPC: £29.10

If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website

 
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