National shortage of blood bottles

There is currently an national shortage of blood bottles used for taking samples and clinicians working in GP practices, hospitals, community and mental health trusts and ambulance trusts have been asked to suspend non-essential blood tests.

This means all UK GP practices are affected by the current shortage and we are taking urgent steps alongside our hospitals to prioritise their use.

We have been given national guidance on how to manage this shortage. As a result we will be cancelling or delaying any ROUTINE or NON-URGENT blood tests and only booking in URGENT blood tests. If you already have a routine or non-urgent blood test booked in, our reception team will be in touch shortly to cancel your appointment.

Please be assured we will reschedule your appointment once the situation has improved and in-line with government guidance. Please do not call us or contact us with regards to booking in any ROUTINE or NON-URGENT blood tests. Our clinicians will continue to evaluate your medical need for these tests and will allocate you an URGENT blood appointment if needed.
These changes are likely to be in place for at least 4 weeks. We will continue to update you via our website as to any changes to our national situation.

We fully understand the frustration this is likely to cause and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.

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