National Shortage - Blood Sample Tubes
There is a serious national shortage of blood sample tubes.
As a result, we have been advised to stop all routine bloods. This means that we will stop all bloods other than INRs and clinically urgent bloods.
We cannot do drug monitoring, health checks or LTCR bloods at present.
All other blood sampling has to be cancelled and no further bookings can be taken.
We expect this situation may last for up to a month but we are monitoring the situation daily.
To survive the shortage, Primary Care has to reduce its blood tests by at least 50% immediately which shows how serious the situation is currently.
Blood tests are being cancelled because of a National shortage of equipment which is out of our control and we are acting on instructions from NHS England and Oxfordshire CCG. We will reinstate routine blood tests as soon as possible which may, hopefully, be in around one month’s time.
We will keep you informed of any further updates as they become available.
Many thanks for your understanding
Newbury Street Practice
Currently, GP appointments are only bookable on the day by calling the practice and selecting option 2. Nursing appointments, depending on the nature, may be able to be booked in advance however for clarification, please call the practice. If you are unable to get through on first attempt you can use our callback service which is also available by pressing option 2. A healthcare professional will call you back to assess your needs and advise you on the next step. If they feel you need to be seen face to face or by video call, they will arrange your appointment with you at that time.
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Your GP will assess the urgency of your request and a clinician will visit you at home if deemed appropriate.
You can be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years
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