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Updated statement on blood and other tests

A gloved hand holds a vial of blood.

Blood and other tests remain severely disrupted due to an ongoing national supply chain issue with pharmaceutical company Roche, which is beyond our control.

This means that only urgent tests can be carried out at the moment.

If you are an outpatient due to have a blood test, please read the following carefully:

  • Only attend for a blood test if you know it is urgent or urgent has been written on the form. If you fit this criteria you can go to Morriston, Singleton or Neath Port Talbot hospital for the test, not the Bay Field Hospital.
  • Not sure if your test is urgent? If your GP or practice nurse requested your test, then contact your practice. If your hospital doctor requested your test, ring our dedicated helpline on 01639 862858, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
  • If you need a blood test before an outpatient appointment during October, ring our dedicated helpline on 01639 862858, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Our online blood test booking system remains suspended.

Swansea Bay University Health Board Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Chris White said:

“Our staff have been working extremely hard with Roche, other health boards and the Welsh Government to secure enough essential supplies to keep urgent tests running.

“We continue to monitor the situation closely and will issue regular updates.”



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