They've closed the majority of walk-in blood test clinics in my area. There is one open but it's 16 miles away, thankfully I drive but I know others do not or cannot. Running a car is not exactly cheap either! Anyway, last week, I was asked to get an urgent blood test. I phoned every blood clinic but they were booked up for 2-3 weeks. I decided that I had no choice but to drive to the last remaining walk-in clinic and wait. They told me that it's closing in a few weeks as the demand is just too high. I asked them what happens to people who need urgent bloods and they said that is for the doctors and consultants to work out! This is extremely worrying information about how the NHS is coping with increasing demand.
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