The letter issued by NHS England (NHSE) on 26th August included the following directive to community and geneal; practice providers of blood tests:-
All primary care and community testing must be halted until 17 September 2021, except
for clinically urgent testing. Examples of clinically urgent testing include:
• Bloods that are required to facilitate a two week wait referral
• Bloods that are extremely overdue and/or essential for safe prescribing of
medication or monitoring of condition
• Bloods that if taken could avoid a hospital admission or prevent an onward referral
• Those with suspected sepsis or conditions with a risk of death or disability
Patients are urged not to call the practice to ask about availability of appointments for blood tests.
We will contact patients who require tests that fall into the urgent category and also any patients who will need to have routine tests cancelled.