DOCTORS in Polegate have today said any non urgent blood tests must be cancelled.

This will affect all Eastbourne patients as well.

Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roche said problems with a move to a new warehouse had led to a “very significant” drop in its processing capacity.

A spokesman said Covid-19 tests would be prioritised.

But the backlog could affect tests including for cancer and heart disease.

The Manor Park Medical Centre in Polegate has today sent out a message.

It says: “We have been told by the local CCG to cancel any non urgent blood tests for the time being.

“This is all surgeries………….

“We appreciate this is frustrating, it is causing a lot of work for us too.

“It is not our fault.”