Blood Bottle shortage Nationwide

Due to an ongoing blood bottle shortage nationwide, we have been advised to cancel all our blood tests other than medically urgent ones.

  • Bloods that are required to facilitate a two week wait referral
  • Bloods that are extremely overdue and/or essential for safe prescribing of medication or monitoring of condition
  • Bloods that if taken could avoid a hospital admission or prevent an onward referral
  • Those with suspected sepsis or conditions with a risk of death or disability

While it is anticipated that the position will improve from the middle of September, overall supply is likely to remain challenging.

We appreciate that this temporary position will be frustrating for everyone. We will do our best to keep you updated as and when we receive further news from NHS England.