GPs must stop all non-urgent blood testing. This is a national problem which is affecting all hospitals and GP surgeries.

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, 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.

Links and resources

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/B0888-becton-dickinson-blood-specimen-collection-portfolio-supply-disruption-v2.pdf

News coverage

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58324108

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/aug/26/doctors-in-england-ration-blood-tests-due-to-sample-bottle-shortage

National Shortage of Blood Bottles!!