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Suspension of regular B12 Injections during COVID-19 Pandemic
Due to current issues surrounding Covid-19, we will have to suspend your regular injections of vitamin B12. Your body stores from previous injections should last for a long time and should easily see you through this difficult period. Stores of vitamin B12 in the body can last around 2 to 4 years without being replenished, so it can take a long time for any problems to develop after a change (NHS website). If you are concerned that you are developing symptoms, please contact the surgery for advice.
In the meantime, good dietary sources of vitamin B12 include:
- Foods which have been fortified with vitamin B12 (for example some soy products, and some breakfast cereals and breads) are good alternative sources to meat, eggs, and dairy products
- Milk and other dairy products
- Salmon and cod
You could also consider obtaining oral supplements of vitamin B12 purchased from the internet from reputable sources such as:
Holland and Barrett
If you know you have a diagnosis of Autoimmune Pernicious Anaemia that means you are unable to absorb dietary B12 properly. You may consider following alternate options.
There are B12 preparations available over the counter in the form of sublingual tablets, drops, sprays or transdermal patches which overcome this problem with absorption. You can still consider sourcing strong oral tablets of B12– 1mg or 2mg per day as there is some evidence that a small amount can still be absorbed via diffusion.
Severity of the disease is variable. In most people body stores should be adequate from previous injections, for 3-6 months, as mentioned above. If despite above mentioned measures your symptoms start deteriorating rapidly, please contact surgery for further advice. You can find further information about vitamin B12 deficiency at:
Thank you for your understanding; we hope you find this information useful. As soon as is reasonably possible, we will reschedule your injections.
From The Team at Hugglescote Surgery
Advice for regular B12
Enhanced Summary Care Record
Do you give consent to sharing important health information about you with other health care professionals and vice versa?
Most of our patients already have a summary care record, where medications and allergies can be viewed, if you choose to add additional information to this such as relevant problems, communication needs etc, this will further increase the quality of your care - Quicker access, diagnosis and treatment.
If the answer is yes - please contact the reception who can update your medical record.
For more information please click the below link :
Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns even if you qualify for free prescriptions. Instead over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community.
Please see the below link for additional information
Extended Access Appointments
We are increasing the number of appointments available for you to see a GP in the early mornings, evenings or at weekends across West Leicestershire.
Depending on your individual circumstances and symptoms, we may offer you an ‘extended access’ appointment. Please note however, that these appointments will not be in your usual GP practice and may not be with one of your usual GPs or nurses.
Depending on the reason for your appointment, and if you are in agreement, it may be suitable for you to see an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, instead of a GP.
The clinician you see will be able to access relevant sections of your medical notes and will communicate what has happened during your appointment back to your usual GP practice.
These appointments will be available at the following locations:
- Loughborough Urgent Care Centre at Loughborough Community Hospital
- Coalville Community Hospital
- Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital
If you would like to know more please visit the CCGs website:
Extended Opening Hours
We are now offering, outside of normal contracted hours, early morning (from 07:30 – 08:00) and late evening (from 18:30 – 19:00) pre-bookable telephone appointments on some days of the week. These additional appointments are for patients who, due to work commitments, find it difficult to attend during normal contracted hours for a routine appointment with a GP or Nurse.
Appointments within the extended opening hours are available to all registered patients.