There is currently a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests. This is affecting blood tests in the hospital, community and primary care settings and as a result of the shortage, all doctors have been told to suspend non-essential blood tests.
Patients in Norfolk and Waveney who need a blood test for urgent health problems will still get one, but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be postponed.
NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is setting up a live Question and Answer session to provide information and reassurance to pregnant women/ pregnant people about the COVID-19 vaccination. The CCG is encouraging pregnant women to have the vaccination after national figures showed a rise in the number being admitted to hospital with COVID-19. However, clinicians are aware that some pregnant women are anxious about the impact of the vaccination on their unborn child.
This move comes after data collated by the UK Obstetric Surveillance System showed that most pregnant women who were hospitalised with the virus (98%) between May and the end of July had not had a jab. During the same period, no pregnant women who have had both doses of the vaccine were admitted to hospital, while only three were admitted after having their first vaccine.
Norfolk offshore workers are now able to access their Covid-19 vaccine thanks to a new collaboration between the NHS, Perenco UK (the leading independent oil and gas company in Europe) and the Mercure Hotel Norwich.
Mike Passfield, Clinical Operations Director for Norfolk and Waveney Large Scale Vaccination Centres, delivered by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust explained:
Health leaders are urging everyone who is eligible but has not yet had a COVID-19 vaccine to get the jab this bank holiday weekend to protect themselves and those around them.
The NHS in Norfolk and Waveney is particularly appealing to 16 and 17-year-olds to step forward and get protected before the schools and colleges return in September.