Westlands Medical Centre
We want to provide you with the very best in family medicine and have an extensive team of highly experienced doctors, nurses and administrators.
Our ethos is that 'Everyone does their best, for every patient, every time.'
There is currently an international shortage of blood bottles used for taking samples and clinicians working in GP practices, hospitals, community and mental health trusts and ambulance trusts have been asked to suspend non-essential blood tests.
Our clinicians and managers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are working together to be more efficient. We will ensure we don't waste blood bottles and that we don't duplicate tests which have already been done. We are being thoughtful about which tests are ordered and prioritising those tests which will have an immediate impact on the diagnosis or treatment.
Our clinicians and their teams are working hard to prioritise our blood tests and we appreciate your patience whilst we put in place systems to manage this difficulty safely.
We would like to reassure all our patients that this disruption in supply should not affect any essential blood tests and any tests that are delayed will be rescheduled as soon as possible. We are working closely with NHS England to follow their guidance. We will continue to provide you with updates regarding this and thank you for your support.
We are open
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the Practice is currently facing extremely high demand for its services. We want to keep our patients and staff safe during this time.
If you have spoken to a clinician and it has been agreed for you to come to the Practice for an appointment please go to Patient Self Check-In machine near the front door. We would ask that you wear a face covering. If you do not have a face covering, please remain outside of the building, ring the bell and a member of staff will come and assist you.
The way we deliver health care has changed. If you would like to see more information on the processes involved in accessing our services please click here.
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
As you will know, the Covid vaccination programme is well underway at our vaccination site, Portchester Community Centre.
We are currently working through the patient groups, as directed by NHS England. We will be in touch with you when it is your turn. We know that many of you are keen to be vaccinated as soon as possible, but we must ask everyone to be patient – we are not holding reserve stocks of the vaccine and so cannot simply add in extra appointments.
Please do not contact us for proof of vaccination.
This can be obtained online via the NHS COVID Pass site.
This section includes advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.
In this section you will find also find self-help and support information for Covid-19, including links to local organisations for support during this time.
If you are concerned that you may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tell you what you should do based on your particular circumstances.
These can be accessed at: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19