GP Blood Test Appointments – Becton Dickinson (BD) Blood Tube Supply Disruption

In response to the national shortage of blood tubes, non-urgent primary care and community blood test appointments will be postponed. Your GP surgery will be working to ensure that the most urgent tests can continue during this period of disruption. We appreciate that this is frustrating for patients and services alike.

In line with national guidance released on 26th August 2021, blood test appointments provided by general practice must be for clinically urgent tests only until 17th September 2021.

Your GP will review your blood test request and will let you know if your appointment is postponed until the supply issues resolve.

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

Difficult to Bleed Patients

Patients that are difficult to bleed may still attend Suite 9 at Chesterfield Royal Hospital when requested to do so, in writing by a GP. During the supply disruption this is for clinically urgent blood test requests only.

Secondary Care (Hospital) Blood Test Requests

Your request will be considered by a medical professional prior to a decision being made; you do not need to contact your clinician (GP) regarding this and will be notified of any appointment changes.

If you have an appointment that has been requested by a Chesterfield Royal Hospital Clinician at Suite 9, Chesterfield Royal hospital please attend as usual unless informed otherwise.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience this national shortage has caused. The NHS is working with suppliers to alleviate the pressure on existing supplies.