South Holland surgeries cancel non-urgent blood test
Surgeries in South Holland have had to cancel non-urgent blood tests due to a shortage of equipment.
Practices in Spalding, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge and Holbeach have said the lack of blood bottles means that only urgent tests can be carried out until at least September 17.
The issue is affecting surgeries and hospitals nationally, with the bottles sourced and supplied by NHS England.
A statement from the Munro Medical Centre, in Spalding, told patients: "Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one, but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
"Please be reassured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test."
Littlebury Medical Centre, in Holbeach, told its patients: "Please bear in mind that we have NO CONTROL over the supply situation. We, like you, are in the hands of NHS England. We are following their guidance, which will no doubt be updated as the situation changes.
The Suttons Medical Group added: "To reassure you, our main concern as always will be safety first. We will do everything we can to make sure that essential tests are carried out."