Lateral Flow Tests versus PCR Tests What’s the difference?
The Doctors here have noticed a number of patients that seem to have mixed information regarding when to use lateral flow tests and when to get a PCR tests Below is a short explanation of the differences:
WHEN SHOULD I HAVE A LATERAL FLOW TEST?
You should only have this test if you don’t have any symptoms
These tests are very different from PCR tests. They are not suitable for diagnosing individual patients who suspect they may be infected because they have symptoms.
People with symptoms need a PCR test. Lateral flow tests are intended for picking up additional infected cases who would otherwise be missed because they don’t have symptoms.
WHEN SHOULD I HAVE A PCR TEST?
If you currently have symptoms that may indicate Covid-19, this the test you should have to diagnose the infect. Or if the lateral flow test is positive. The PCR test is to confirm the diagnosis and is more accurate. You can book a PCR test by calling NHS 119 or https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Covid Vaccination Update
We have now given 29,000 COVID vaccines at Northbourne. Over 90% of our eligible patients have been vaccinated allowing our community to be protected and reopen safely.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to get their vaccine.
If you are a 30+ year old, and for any reason haven’t been able to get your vaccine, please contact the surgery or book in through the weblink via text (if you received this). We have a delivery of Pfizer next week and there will be a clinic on the 12th June. We don’t want anyone to miss out!
Welcome to Adur Health Partnership's website
Welcome to Adur Health Partnership’s new website. We hope that you find this website easy to navigate and find the information that you require with just a few clicks. This website launched on 17th May 2021, we will continue to update our website with relevant and up to date information so please keep checking back. Alternatively you can follow us on our new facebook page. The website is in its early days and improvement to the contents will continue to happen.
April 2021 Covid-19 Update
Latest figures for Shoreham and Southwick
Well over 90% of patients over 65 have now been vaccinated and we are getting close to this figure for the 50+ age group too.
Are you over 50 years old?
If you are aged 50 and over and have not yet booked in for your appointment please do so asap. We still have a lot of appointments to offer for Saturday 10th April for first vaccination at Northbourne Medical Centre.
Second vaccination update
We are now in the process of carrying out second vaccinations. This week several teams have been out to our Care Homes and have started the second vaccinations for the residents.
Housebound patients will follow shortly.
We have lots of clinics coming up over the next few weeks:
Friday 2nd April – Fully booked
Saturday 10th April – Appointment available for first and second Astra Zeneca vaccination.
The next clinics following those dates will be: Friday 16th April, Sat 16th April and Sunday 17th April for second dose Pfizer vaccinations.
Will you have difficulty getting to your vaccination:
Sussex residents who have no means to get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment are now able to book a free return journey to help them attend.
To book free travel please book your vaccination appointment first and then call:
- 01444 275 008 for West Sussex residents
to speak to a travel coordinator. The booking service is available between 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00 Monday to Friday.
Once you are through to a travel coordinator you will be asked the following questions:
- Do you have access to transport to attend your vaccine appointment?
- Do you have a family member, friend or carer who can help with transport? They do not have to be in your bubble as per government guidelines.
If both of these options are not available the travel coordinator will arrange transport for you, including any additional needs such as wheelchair-friendly vehicles.
All transport providers have signed up to a COVID-19 safety policy to ensure that all precautions are in place for a safe journey.
Are you waiting for an appointment at the hospital?
We appreciate that many patients have been waiting for a longer time than usual for outpatient appointments and investigations.
We are unable to chase your appointment so please do not contact the surgery unless your condition has become significantly worse or new symptoms have developed.
If you do need to contact the appointment team, please use the appropriate telephone number below:
Referral Support Team: 01903 708052 (to chase any referral if you are unsure regarding which hospital you have been referred to)
Worthing Hospital outpatient booking centre: 01273 446067
RSCH outpatient booking centre: 0300 3038360
MSK Team: 01243 623846