Important changes to Routine and Non-urgent Blood Test appointments

All GP practices are affected by the current national shortage of blood tubes and are taking steps alongside hospitals to prioritise their use for people with the greatest clinical need. This includes testing for serious conditions such as cancer.

We are following national guidance which has been issued in response to the shortage. As a result, we may need to cancel and delay a number of patient appointments for blood tests deemed routine or non-urgent. We will contact you directly if this applies to you.

Please be assured that appointments will be rescheduled once the situation has improved, and in line with national guidance. There are a few things you can do if you are affected by this change:

  • Check our website for updates – we will be sharing the latest patient information here as soon as we receive it.
  • Please don’t call or contact us with questions about routine blood tests – we are experiencing exceptional levels of demand at the moment, and your cooperation will help us to reach those without smartphone or internet access with this critical information.
  • Do get in touch if your condition worsens or changes so that we can prioritise your blood test if necessary following clinical review
  • The changes are likely to be in place for at least four weeks. We will keep all our patients regularly updated as the national situation changes. We fully understand the frustration this is likely to cause and apologise for the inconvenience.