Aug 26, 2021

NHS blood test tube shortage set to worsen

NHS England has admitted that a shortage of vials used for blood tests will worsen over the next few weeks and will last until mid-September. Due to the shortage, the NHS has temporarily stopped some blood testing for fertility, pre-diabetes, allergies and certain blood disorders. NHS England issued guidance urging doctors to delay regular blood tests if clinically safe and NHS Wales issued similar guidance. GPs across the country have tweeted about the difficulties the shortage is causing, while patients have tweeted texts from their surgeries which have said their blood tests have been cancelled. The medical device company, Becton Dickinson, which manufactures its tubes in the US, said the need to test Covid-19 patients in addition to routine testing for procedures which were delayed due to the pandemic had increased demand.

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