Disruption to blood specimen collection
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but only where your clinician recommends that it is safe to do so. You may be asked to come back for a test at a later date if your need is not urgent.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when any non-urgent tests will begin to be scheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be scheduling less urgent tests when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.