National blood bottle shortage

The Practice is affected by the current national shortage of blood tubes and is taking urgent steps alongside our hospitals to prioritise their use for people with the greatest clinical need. This includes testing for serious conditions such as cancer.  

We are following national guidance which has been issued in response to the shortage. As a result, delay a number of patient appointments for blood tests deemed routine or non-urgent. (Routine and Non urgent includes; Vitamin D tests, Routine Wellness Screening, Pre Diabetes, Dyslipidaemia, Allergy testing, Routine infertility tests unless over 35). Please be assured that appointments will be rescheduled once the situation has improved, and in line with national guidance. There are a few things you can do if you are affected by this change: 

  • We will be sharing the latest patient information as we receive it. 
  • Do get in touch with us with v consult  if your condition worsens or changes so that the surgery can prioritise your blood test if necessary following clinical review.

The changes are likely to be in place for at least four weeks. We will keep you updated as the national situation changes. We fully understand the frustration this is likely to cause, and apologise for the inconvenience.