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Shortage of Blood Tubes

by Dr Mark Howcutt – 27th August 2021
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Important message from Dr Howcutt, Haddenham Medical Centre:

As you may have seen or heard reported, there is a global shortage of blood specimen tubes. This is causing problems across the country. Yesterday (Thursday 26th August) the NHS instructed all GPs to stop all blood testing until at least the middle of September except for clinically urgent blood tests.

We had already started delaying routine blood tests but will now need to cancel some appointments if not clinically urgent. This is important to ensure there are sufficient blood sample tubes available for the sickest of patients across the NHS in and out of hospital.

Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

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