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Global Shortage of equipment used for taking Blood Tests

Dated: 31-Aug-21

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 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. 

Update 7th September 2021

You may have seen the news about blood bottle shortages, it’s affecting us in Bracknell & Crowthorne and we have been informed by the NHS England that we are not able to do any blood tests that are not deemed as clinically urgent. 

Clinically urgent testing has been defined as bloods needed:  
  • to facilitate a suspected cancer referral;  
  • that are extremely overdue and/or essential for safe prescribing of medication or monitoring of condition  
  • if taken could avoid a hospital admission or prevent an onward referral  
  • those with suspected sepsis or conditions with a risk of death or disability. 

This means that any more routine blood tests (like annual thyroid blood tests, hypertension or diabetes review bloods or NHS health checks) will not be able to be done, unless deemed essential by a doctor. The current position will be reviewed on 17th September, we will keep you all informed when we know more. 

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