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National Shortage of Blood Bottles

As you may have seen in the media, there is currently a nationwide shortage of blood sample tubes. This does mean there will be a few changes to how we at Inspire Health need to arrange appointments for a short while. 

Whilst we understand this may cause concerns, there has been a date set for later in September which the national shortage should come to an end. We have been informed by Derby and Derbyshire CCG that we are unable to complete any blood test that is non-urgent. 

Clinically urgent testing has been defined as:
  • 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

Our clinicians and admin team are working hard to ensure all urgent requests are dealt with and we ask for you to understand our decisions at this time. 

If you have received communication over the past week or so and it is a non-urgent request, please hold off until we are able to facilitate this for you towards the end of September. 


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