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NATIONAL BLOOD BOTTLE SHORTAGE Posted on 1 Sep 2021

A supplier to the NHS has advised them of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests. NHS England have therefore issused guidance to GPs that all non-urgent blood tests should be halted.

Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one, but where your Clinician recommends that it is 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 a date for when tests 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.

If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the surgery as you would normally. 

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