Becton-Dickinson blood bottle shortage
Practices will have received notice that there is a shortage of blood bottles and should be reducing the number of tests performed.
The advice requests
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
This will have an impact on patient care and practices should not take any blame for this, though public may perceive this to be a practice-related issue. We advise that practices share on their websites and social media that this is a national issue effecting all care settings.
Furthermore, this will impact on practices ability to monitor chronic conditions for QOF, and to perform NHS Health Checks. Nationally BMA GPC is negotiating with NHSEI regarding this issue, and locally LMC is discussing the issue with CCG and County Council.