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Global Blood Bottle Shortage

NHS England have informed us that due to the global blood bottle shortage, all non-urgent blood tests need to be cancelled.

Urgent bloods will still be carried out. Examples of urgent bloods include:

  • Two-week wait referrals
  • Those extremely overdue or essential for safe prescribing
  • Those to prevent hospital admission
  • Those to check for sepsis or other high risk conditions

If you currently have a blood test booked we will be in touch with you if we have to cancel. If you don't hear from us the test is still booked.

If you are asked to have a blood test from 1st September onwards the clinician will have already made the decision about whether it is urgent or not. If you are unsure please ask the Reception Team who will be able to check your records.

NHS England have said they will have an update on stock position on 17th September.

Please note that the hospital is in the same position so it is not possible to have an appointment there for non urgent bloods.

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