Monthly Archives: August 2021

International shortage of blood bottles

There is currently an international shortage of blood bottles used for taking samples and clinicians working in GP practices, hospitals, community and mental health trusts and ambulance trusts have been asked to suspend non-essential blood tests.

We will ensure we don’t waste blood bottles and that we don’t duplicate tests which have already been done. We are being thoughtful about which tests are ordered and prioritising those tests which will have an immediate impact on the diagnosis or treatment.

Our clinicians are working hard to prioritise our blood tests and we appreciate your patience whilst we put in place systems to manage this shortage safely.

We would like to reassure all our patients that this disruption in supply should not affect any essential blood tests and any tests that are delayed will be rescheduled as soon as possible. We are working closely with NHS England to follow their guidance. We will continue to provide you with updates regarding this and thank you for your support.


Dear Patients,

we wish to advise and re-assure you that we will be providing a flu vaccination service this Autumn.  Patients aged over 50 and those with specified underlying health conditions will be invited to book for an appointment.

Our booking system for your flu vaccine will open in September and you will be sent a sms text, plus we will update the website,  when it is time to book your vaccine.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.