Primary and Community Care Update:

We have been advised today by NHS England and Improvement that all primary care and community blood tests must be halted until 17 September 2021, except for clinically urgent testing. 

We appreciate that this temporary position is frustrating for patients as it is for our clinicians, but unfortunately due to a disruption in the supply of blood bottles nationally, this situation is outside our control. 

A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.

Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s 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 an exact date for when the test 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 NHS as you would normally.


Published: Aug 27, 2021