Leverington couple call for blood testing machine at GPs surgeries in Fenland

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A Leverington couple is supporting plans to have blood testing equipment in surgeries across Fenland.

Karen Downes, who has dementia and also a lung problem, needs regular blood tests to make sure the drugs she takes are not causing more harm to her health.

Every time she has a blood test it requires at least two trips to see her GP, but that could be alleviated with the installation of a blood testing machine at the surgery.

MP Steve Barclay is calling for every practice in his constituency to have a COBAS machine, which costs just £1,200 each, as part of his “Treat Me Local” health campaign.

The campaign, launched earlier this summer, has a 10-point wish-list aimed at improving health services for people living in the Fenland area, which many consider the “Cinderella” of the county when it comes to health and other services.

The blood testing machines would enable GPs to have quick access to test results. “A simple machine, that costs little more than £1,200 can help save patients’ time and cut out costly, and often unnecessary trips to hospital.

“It also allows GPs to make proper, informed decisions about the best care for their patients as well as helping to save them time too. It seems ridiculous that test results cannot simply be emailed between different health service providers, hopefully these machines will help solve that problem,” said Mr Barclay.

Mr Downes explained: “We have to go the GP to get a blood test done, and then we have to go again to pick up a hard copy of the results before we go to Addenbrookes’ Hospital in Cambridge, where Karen is being treated for her illness.

“But there is no method of getting those results sent directly to the hospital. It can be unsettling for Karen to keep going backwards and forwards to the GP’s and of course it is difficult to get a doctor’s appointment,” said Mr Downes, who is the latest of hundreds to add his voice to the health campaign.

To find out more about the “Treat me local” health campaign and to sign up visit: www.treatmelocal.net

Do you have a health story to tell? Contact Mr Barclay at: Stephen.barclay.mp@parliament.uk or call 01354-656653.