Service Update

National Blood Collection Tube Supply Issue - 18th August 2021

There is currently a critical supply issue for blood collection tubes. This is affecting all NHS organisations nationally

Until this problem is resolved we regret that we will only be able to take urgent blood samples. 

This problem has been escalated and we hope that it will be resolved soon.

NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings

Covid restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday.

However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.

That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.

The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.