At the moment we are not requesting any routine blood tests. This is because of a global shortage of blood bottles, which is outside our control.
GP Practice and Hospitals are being asked to delay routine tests and to preserve remaining bottles for emergency and urgent care. All routine tests will be deferred for patients who are stable and not at risk. We will continue to request urgent tests to avoid harm.
This situation has happened very quickly and we are awaiting information on how long the delay will need to be so please continueto see our website for information as we have it.