The NHS (National Health Service) confirmed that the United Kingdom is experiencing a massive blood sample bottle shortage. Because of this, the health department suggests that GPs (General Practitioners) should now limit the blood sample tests that they are usually conducting each day.  

NHS Announces Major Blood Sample Bottle Shortage! Agency Wants GPs To Limit Testing as Supplier Faces Can't Keep Up With Demand
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As of the moment, blood sampling is one of the methods used to detect COVID-19. This medical test is currently important since new variants, such as Lambda and Delta, appear in various parts of the world. 

NHS England said that medical firms and hospitals are now told to stop performing most of their blood tests until mid-September. As of the moment, GPs already decreased their sampling activities by 25%. 

"While it is anticipated that the position will improve from the middle of September, overall supply is likely to remain challenging for a significant period," said NHS in its latest guidance letter to GPs. 

NHS Warns About Massive Blood Sample Bottle Shortage

According to The Guardian's latest report, NHS confirmed the massive blood sample bottle shortage after it confirmed that its main supplier, Becton Dickinson, is having trouble keeping up with the demand for its products. 

NHS Announces Major Blood Sample Bottle Shortage! Agency Wants GPs To Limit Testing as Supplier Faces Can't Keep Up With Demand

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An urban policeman undergoes a blood sampling as part of a serological test for COVID-19 on May 6, 2020 at the Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio) municipal building in Rome, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

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The manufacturer's spokesperson explained that their company is seeing continued transportation challenges affecting various industries. Aside from this, their blood sample bottle deliveries are also having some troubles with U.K. border restrictions. 

Because of this, some medical experts already stopped their routine blood testing activities, which are not only conducted for COVID-19 but also for diagnosing heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health complications. 

In other news, a U.K. study claims lessening mechanical ventilation could help critically ill children. On the other hand, At-Home HIV Testing Kit program has finally arrived.  

Why Blood Testing is Important During Pandemic

Medical News Today explained that there are various methods currently used to detect COVID-19 infection. These include antibody tests, as well as swab tests. 

Blood sampling is usually involved in the latest COVID-19 detection methods, especially when it comes to antibody test, which is specifically the one that requires blood tests. 

For more news updates about blood sample bottle shortage and other health-related issues, always keep your tabs open here at TechTimes. 

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