National Shortage of Phlebotomy supplies

NHS England has been advised of a global shortage of some equipment used commonly for taking blood tests in the NHS. 

On the 26th August we received a letter from NHS England advising us that all blood tests must be halted until 17 September 2021, except for clinically urgent testing.

Given the international nature of the shortage, an exact date for when routine testing will be rescheduled cannot yet be provided but the NHS will be working to re-book appointments for postponed tests when supplies become more easily available.

Patients are advised that where their condition or symptoms change or get worse, they should contact the NHS team caring for them.

We do apologise for the delay you have experienced in having your blood test.

Please be informed, Paediatric blood tests are not affected by this issue.

Thank you.