UK-wide Blood Bottle Shortages.

You may have seen news stories about a UK-wide shortage of specific blood bottles for the next two to three months. NHS Wales are leading the response in Wales with support from Welsh Government and are working closely with other nations to put mitigations in place including to source clinically suitable alternatives to products affected.

In order to preserve supplies for people that urgently need blood tests, clinical guidance has been issued about reducing the number of non-clinically urgent tests. Patient safety remains the priority, and a test would only be delayed if the NHS have assessed it is clinically safe to do so. People who require urgent care should continue to seek it as normal.

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