Primary care provided phlebotomy (blood tests)

Due to a global shortage of blood tubes we have been asked to cancel all of our blood test clinics until 17 September 2021

In line with national guidance, all phlebotomy provided by General Practice (e.g. North Derbyshire, Chesterfield and some Staffordshire practices) will need to be cancelled, other than that which is clinically urgent (see below).

If phlebotomy has been requested by the hospital, then the hospital clinician, as the requesting clinician, will need to review and rebook with the practice as appropriate.

Examples of clinically urgent testing include:

  • Bloods that are required to facilitate suspected cancer referrals
  • 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