To reassure our patients GP Partners, Dr McClelland and Dr Stevens main concern, as always, will be safety first. We will make sure that essential blood tests are carried out.

"What does urgent mean?"

'Urgent' means blood tests that are needed for urgent referrals, blood tests that are needed for safe prescribing of certain medications or tests which might help us avoid having to admit patients to hospital. We will have to consider each clinical situation individually.

"What if I have a blood test booked?"

We will be checking our appointment book over the following weeks to see which patients should be delayed and who should not. Please wait to hear from us. If we have not contacted you please attend for your appointment as arranged.

"What if I have a chronic disease like diabetes?"

We will most likely have to delay any 'routine' monitoring of bloods. The clinical team lead by the GP Partners, will assess whether it is safe to defer a test for individual patients for a while until the supply chain is back to normal. However, if your chronic disease needs a blood test for safety reasons, we will do our best to arrange this for you, assuming our local area does not run out of blood bottles completely.

 

Please bear in mind that we have NO CONTROL over the supply situation. We are following NHS England guidance, which will no doubt be updated as the situations changes.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.