NATIONAL BLOOD BOTTLE SHORTAGE – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?

You will be aware from the news reports that there is a serious national shortage of blood bottles, due to production issues.  NHS England has instructed doctors’ surgeries to postpone all routine blood tests. 

Our reception team may contact you to cancel a blood test that you have booked because of this.  Please be aware that until we receive further instruction from NHS England, we cannot give you a future date to rebook this test. 

For information, blood tests that we can continue to take are listed below: 

Monitoring blood – warfarin/INR/NOAC, lithium, methotrexate, PSA 

URGENT bloods as defined by clinician – these are to prevent admission, or treat infection, or if cancer is suspected. 

If you have a long-term condition nurse review booked and we contact you to cancel your blood test, the nurse review will still go ahead.  The nurse will make ongoing plans for you.