SHORTAGE OF BLOOD SPECIMEN BOTTLES.
As you may have read there is a National shortage of blood specimen bottles in the UK. This has led to a National alert advising primary and community care to take the IMMEDIATE ACTION as follows:
All primary care and community testing must be halted until 17 September 2021, except for clinically urgent testing.
Examples of clinically urgent testing include:
Blood tests that are required to facililitate a two week wait (urgent suspected cancer) 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.