You may be aware of recent headlines about blood tube shortages.
All GP practices are affected by the current national shortage of blood tubes and have been requested to take 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, we may need to cancel and delay several patient appointments for blood tests that are routine or clinically non-urgent. If you have a routine blood test appointment booked over the coming weeks, we will be in touch with you directly. If we need to cancel your appointment, this will be either by phone or by text message.
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 are not booking any routine blood tests at present as we are unsure when the situation will be resolved
- Please try to avoid calling us with questions about routine blood tests – we are experiencing exceptional levels of Telephone demand now, and your cooperation will help practice staff to focus on reaching those without smartphone or internet access with this critical information.
- Do get in touch with us if your condition worsens or changes either by telephone or via our online consulting system so that we can prioritise your blood test if necessary following clinical review.
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.
Thank you for supporting us through this challenging time.