“Shambles” for blood tests at West Herts Hospitals.

Mix Mornings with Iain Pritchard

Our health correspondent, Alan Bellinger, describes the chaotic situation at St. Albans hospital blood clinic, and the challenges with the recently implemented appointment-only system. While acknowledging the benefits of appointments in theory, Alan points out the impracticalities, such as a lack of local appointments for at least 10 days and the absence of an option to go to QE2 in St Albans.

A service user shares his experience of struggling to book a timely blood test appointment, and the inconvenience and stress caused by the new system, particularly for those with serious health conditions. The reduced availability of appointments, coupled with delayed results, is a potential source of anxiety and an impediment to timely treatment for conditions like cancer he says.

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