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