We have received communication from NHS England that there is a shortage of products for Blood Specimen Collection that is impacting across most main blood tube supplies. Alternative products are being sought to alleviate these constraints.
In view of the above we are not at this stage cancelling any patients already booked in for blood test appointments. However, any new requests that do not meet the criteria for clinically urgent testing will not be booked at this time.
Examples of clinically urgent testing include:
- Bloods that are required to facilitate a two week wait referral
- Bloods that are extremely overdue and/or essential for safe prescribing of medication or monitoring of condition
- Bloods that if taken could avoid a hospital admission or prevent an onward referral
- Those with suspected sepsis or conditions with a risk of death or disability
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Heather-Louise Ball – Practice Manager