Routine blood testing must be halted until 30 September 2021

NHS BLOOD TEST TUBE NATIONAL SHORTGAGE

A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.

Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, if your test is routine, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.

Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available. This is likely to be mid-late September.

 

If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would

normally.

 

 Examples of clinically urgent testing include:

  • Bloods that are required to facilitate a suspected cancer 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