Over the past few months, I have heard from many concerned constituents about the lack of phlebotomy provision across West Suffolk, especially in Brandon. It has become clear to me how crucial these services are for local communities and how important it is for them to be more accessible. That's why I have been working with Dr. Ed Garratt and his team at NHS Suffolk and North East Essex ICB Board to find solutions to this pressing issue.
The NHS commissioned a Suffolk-wide review of the provision, and I'm pleased to report that progress is being made. The Forest Heath Primary Care Network (PCN) has announced a new weekly Saturday morning clinic, which will provide an additional 100 appointments per week. This service will be delivered from the Forest Heath Surgery. I want to thank everyone involved in the Suffolk NHS who have worked to increase the provision of phlebotomy in the area.
While it's great to see such fantastic progress, I understand that local communities still need more support in this area. I look forward to continuing to work towards this goal and keeping you updated on any further developments. The broader Suffolk-wide review of provision is due to reach its conclusion in the summer, and I'm optimistic that we'll have more positive news to share soon.