NATIONAL BLOOD BOTTLE SHORTAGE

PLEASE SEE MESSAGE BELOW FROM RUH – THERE IS A NATIONAL SHORTAGE OF BLOOD BOTTLES.
 
Dear GP colleagues,
I am writing with an update regarding the National blood tube shortage. I am very sorry to inform you that the situation has worsened and we are now having to ask that almost ALL blood tests stop. I am attaching a communication (above) but the tube supplies are critical enough for us to ask that all but those who are clinically unwell have a blood test. I understand the upset and interruption this will cause and would not ask unless it is absolutely necessary. We are working within the Pathology network and with NHS supply chain to remedy this as soon as possible. I will keep you updated regularly and if anyone would like further information please get in touch.
 
Clinical Director of Pathology
Consultant Chemical Pathologist and Metabolic Medicine
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust