In response to the national shortage of blood tubes, all primary care and community blood test appointments will be postponed from Tuesday 31 August 2021 until Friday 17 September 2021. Please do not attend hospitals or clinics to access a blood test for an appointment between these dates. This applies to all blood tests across Derbyshire.  During this time walk-in services will not be available at any of our hospitals or clinics. Urgent blood tests will be rebooked by the referring clinician where necessary, and patients will be informed of a new appointment.

If you are unsure whether your blood test was urgent, please contact your hospital department, GP or other referring clinician. 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

If your hospital department, GP or other referring clinician deems the appointment urgent, they will book the blood test which will be available via the following sites:

  • Derby Urgent Treatment Centre,
  • Royal Derby Hospital
  • Florence Nightingale Community Hospital (formally London Road Community Hospital)
  • Queens Hospital Burton
     

FOR patients at Royal Derby Hospital and Queens Hospital Burton only: If you had registered a mobile phone number when you booked your appointment you will have received the following text message from University Hospitals of Derby and Burton.

‘Due to a global shortage of blood tubes we have been asked to cancel all of our clinics until 17 September 2021, if your booked appointment was urgent please contact your referring clinician. If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.’

Specialist paediatric blood clinics are still going ahead for all blood tests. This includes:

  • Paediatric blood clinics in Children’s outpatients at Royal Derby Hospital
  • Paediatric blood clinic for children under 2 at the Treatment Centre, Queen’s Hospital Burton
  • Children’s blood clinic at Queen’s Hospital Burton
  • Specialist paediatric blood clinic at Derby Urgent Treatment Centre (2 years – under 12)

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.

If you have any urgent enquiries regarding the information provided, booking an urgent blood test or information regarding the re-booking of non-urgent blood tests please contact your practice in the first instance.