Important changes to our routine and non-urgent blood test appointments
There is a national shortage of blood bottles within the UK until further notice. This means all UK GP practices are affected by the current shortage and we are taking urgent steps alongside our hospitals to prioritise their use. This means currently we are taking appointments for URGENT blood tests only.
We have been given national guidance on how to manage this shortage and this will take effect from Friday the 27/8/2021. As a result we will be cancelling or delaying any ROUTINE or NON-URGENT blood tests and only booking in URGENT blood tests. If you already have a routine or non-urgent blood test booked in, the admin staff will be in touch shortly to cancel your appointment. This will be done via phone or by text message. We are aware that some of you have waited longer than normal for your annual review due to Covid-19, and this news will be as frustrating for you as it is for us, but please be assured we will reschedule your appointment once the situation has improved and in-line with government guidance.
Please do not call us or contact us with regards to booking in any ROUTINE or NON-URGENT blood tests. Our clinicians will continue to evaluate your medical need for these tests and will allocate you an URGENT blood test appointment if needed. Currently we are experiencing exceptional levels of demand on our service and appreciate your support through these challenging times.
These changes are likely to be in place for at least 4 weeks. We will continue to update you via our website, Twitter and Facebook page as to any changes to our national situation. We fully understand the frustration this is likely to cause and apologise for any inconvenience.