Routine blood tests

Posted by: jdock - Posted on:

All practices and the hospital phlebotomy service have been asked to cancel (and stop booking) blood tests that aren’t urgent.

This is because the lab at UHS (University Hospital Southampton) has had a new pathology system implemented this week and the implementation has not been as smooth as anticipated. There is a large backlog of blood tests waiting to be processed and there is a risk that samples taken will spoil before they can be processed.

If you already have a blood test booked, we are currently checking if it meets the urgent criteria and will contact you if we need to cancel it. If we do need to cancel your appointment, we will be in touch with you to let you know. We will offer you a new appointment once we are allowed to reinstate the routine appointments.

In the meantime, we have taken out the ability to book appointments online as we must check each booking as it is made.

We don’t yet know when we will be allowed to resume bookings, but we will keep this page updated.

What is an urgent blood test?

An urgent blood test may be one of the following:

  • Investigation of symptoms which a clinician has said is urgent
  • Bloods to accompany an urgent cancer referral (formerly called 2ww)
  • Monitoring of INR (Warfarin)
  • Medication monitoring where the frequency is less than monthly
  • Time sensitive monitoring

Blood tests that are not urgent will include:

  • Routine monitoring of Chronic Diseases (for example, annual diabetic bloods)
  • NHS Healthcheck bloods
  • Medication monitoring where the frequency is monthly or more