New NHS guidance on optimising the use of blood testing in primary care

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The NHS has published Optimising blood testing in primary care, including both guidance that is specific to the acute shortage situation as well as best-practice guidance that is generally applicable day to day.

Requesting blood tests is a clinical responsibility that sits with the assessing clinician. This can be anyone in the primary, community, or acute trust clinical team, including nurses, allied health professionals, and doctors.

The new document is intended to highlight best-practice recommendations, including some that relate to very specific situations, that may inform and support practice.

Key areas include:

  • practical best-practice advice for primary care clinicians
  • integrated care system/clinical commissioning group-level responses to the acute shortage
  • guidance on requesting blood tests during the current acute shortage.

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