“The NHS has been advised of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
As I am sure your GP practice has explained, this shortage of bottles for blood tests has an impact throughout the country.
This has meant that we must follow national guidance and can only perform the most urgent and emergency blood tests at this present time.
As a result, your GP may have agreed that your blood test should be postponed in order to help ensure that we have enough blood bottles available for those in most urgent need.
I understand that this may well cause you some anxiety and uncertainty, and I am sorry for that, but your GP will have made this difficult decision based on clinical priorities and need.
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 doing everything we can to re-book your test when supplies become more easily available.
Thank you for your patience and bearing with us.”
There is currently a global shortage of blood test tubes for the next few months.
In response to this, we are unable to carry out routine blood tests with immediate effect until the supply issue has been resolved. We would like to reassure patients that we will only be doing bloods for those who are acutely unwell.
We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.