National Shortage of Blood tubes


UPDATE 21/09/2021: The shortage has now ceased and routine blood tests can resume.

All GP practices are affected by the current national shortage of blood tubes and are taking 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 need to cancel and delay a number of patient appointments for blood test deemed routine or non-urgent.

If you have a routine blood test appointment, the reception team at the surgery will be in touch directly if they need to cancel your appointment, this will be by hone or text message.

Please be assured that appointment 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:

  • Keep checking our website for regular updates - we will be sharing the latest patient information here as soon as we receive it;
  • Check your phone for messages from us - we will also be using our patient text service to keep people informed;
  • Please don't call or contact us with questions about routine blood test - we are experiencing exceptinal levels of demand at the moment, and your co-operation will help us to reacht hose withour smartphone or internet access with this critical information;
  • Do get in touch online if your condition worsens or changes so that we can prioritise your blood test if necessary following clinical review

The changes are likely to to be in place for at least four weeks. We will keep all our patients regularly updated as the national situation changes. We full understand the frustration this is likely to cause, and apologise for the inconvenience.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the wider resources available locally to support you, including the emotional support line for those experiencing anxiety or distress. You can find out more here