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 tests deemed routine or non-urgent. If you have a routine blood test appointment the Reception Team at your Surgery will be in touch directly if they need to cancel your appointment. This will be by telephone or by text message.
Please be assured that appointments will be re-scheduled 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 your Surgery’s Website for regular updates. We will also be sharing the latest 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 your Surgery with questions about routine blood tests – we are experiencing exceptional levels of demand at the moment and your co-operation will help us to reach those without smartphone or internet access with this critical information.
- Do get in touch online or call your Surgery if your condition worsens or changes so that we can prioritise your blood test if necessary following clinical review.
These changes are likely to be in place for AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS. We will keep all our patients regularly updated as the national situation changes. We understand the frustration this is likely to cause and apologise for the inconvenience.