BD Blood Collection Supply Disruption

NHS England has published the latest advice and guidance on the Becton Dickinson blood tube supply disruption. This can be viewed by visiting

Actions for GP Practices

All testing must be halted until 17 September 2021, except for clinically urgent testing. Examples of clinically urgent testing include:

  • Bloods that are required to facilitate a two week wait referral
  • Bloods that are extremely overdue and/or essential for safe prescribing of medication or monitoring of condition
  • Bloods that 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

Unless clinically urgent, practices should move blood test activity scheduled prior to 17 September to a later point in the year when supply improves.

We appreciate that this temporary position is frustrating for patients. Please be assured appointments will be rescheduled once the situation has improved and is in line with national guidance.