*PATIENT NOTICE* Blood Tube Shortage

There is currently an international shortage of blood bottles used for taking samples and clinicians working in GP practices, hospitals, community and mental health trusts and ambulance trusts have been asked to suspend non-essential blood tests.

The shortage is outside of our control, and is affecting all health services across the whole of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, so we are working together to be more efficient. We will ensure we don’t waste blood bottles and that we don’t duplicate tests which have already been done. We are being thoughtful about which tests are ordered and prioritising those tests which will have an immediate impact on the diagnosis and/or treatment of patients.

We are working hard to prioritise our blood tests and we appreciate your patience whilst we put in place a system to manage this safely.

We would like to reassure all our patients that this disruption in supply should not affect any essential or urgent blood tests.

We are working closely with NHS England to follow their guidance, and for the short term we will need to clinically review all blood appointments to ensure we are prioritising those tests which are clinically essential and/or urgent.

If your appointment is delayed or cancelled, please be assured that it will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

We will continue to provide you with updates regarding this and thank you for your support.