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Blood Taking Services

Phlebotomy Services Locally

Please note the hospitals have been sectionned in a way that they are considered to be low COVIDrisk as compared to GP settings where we actually see patients who are unwell, infectious and may have COVID. The prebookable appointments also ensure next to no waiting. 

Royal Free Hospital

Adult Phlebotomy

This is our closest and main blood sample taking service and is our default printing form option. From 21 November 2019, adult blood test service will be by appointment. There will be a very limited walk-in or on the day facility. Only urgent blood tests marked as 'Urgent/Same day' may be done.

Please follow the steps below to book your test online go to: www.royalfree.nhs.uk/adult-blood-tests and click on the link to the booking system or to https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=10562. Register your details (please note that you will only have to do this the first time you book a blood test and you can use the same log-in details if you need to book another test later).

If you are unable to book your blood test online, please call the trust to make your appointment on: 020 7443 9757 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm). Normal call charges will apply.

Location: Ground floor of the Royal Free Hospital

Closest stations: Hampstead Heath and Belsize Park Station, bus C11 goes directly there.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 0730-1730 Saturday 0800-1300.

Paediatric Phlebotomy

Presently the Paediatric Phlebotomy at the Royal Free Hospital and Barnet Hospital has caesed until further notice.

Children's blood tests at Chase Farm Hospital

Children below the age of 11 or who have special requirements are seen by appointment only in the paediatrics department at Chase Farm Hospital.

We recommend that you book your child's blood test appointment online - Book Appointment Online

Upon arrival in the clinic, parents, guardians or the adult accompanying your child will be asked to consent that blood is taken. If your child is being accompanied by another adult you must complete a consent form in advance.

The children's blood test clinic at Chase Farm Hospital runs at the following times (excluding bank holdiays):

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 12:50
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 14:00
  • Thursday 09:00 - 15:30
  • Friday 09:00 - 12:40

Young people between the ages of 11 and 16 are seen by appointment only in the blood test unit at Chase Farm Hospital. They need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If the young person is being accompanied by another adult, a parent or guardian must complete a consent form. Upon arrival in the clinic, parents, guardians or the accompanying adult will be asked to consent that blood is taken. Find out about blood tests for adults.

If you encounter any difficulties booking an appointment please call 020 8216 5192 or 020 8216 4933. 

Children's blood tests at Edgware Community Hospital

A paediatric ambulatory hub has been established at Edgware Community Hospital and is open for both urgent and routine blood tests.

The children's blood test clinic at Edgware Community Hospital runs at the following times:

  • Monday to Friday (including bank holidays) 09:00 - 15:00

An appointment will be required and can be booked by calling 020 3758 2410. Patients will need to have their blood request form from their clinician before an appointment can be booked.

Please refer to the following link for further details:

https://www.royalfree.nhs.uk/services/services-a-z/blood-tests/book-a-childs-blood-test/

University College London Hospital

From the 1st July 2020 all walk in outpatients appointments will stop and will be replaced with a new patient booking system. This will help to ease congestion in the phlebotomy service so we can better manage social distancing and improve patient safety.

  • Hunter Street Health Centre (service by appointment only), Ground floor, 8 Hunter Street, Bloomsbury, Camden, London WC1N 1BN Monday – Friday, 8am - 5pm
  • James Wigg Practice (service by appointment only), 2 Bartholomew Road, London NW5 2BX
    Monday – Friday, 8am – 4.30pm *Lunch closure 1pm – 2pm
  • To book your appointment please go to the following link: https://www.uclh.nhs.uk/OurServices/ServiceAZ/PATH/PHLEB/Pages/Bookyourbloodtestonline.aspx

    If you are unable to book online or have issues with your booking, please contact the UCLH Pathology team. Tel: 020 3447 9051 (between 09:00 and 17:00 weekday) Email: uclh.patientbloodtestrequest@nhs.net

Community Domiciliary Phlebotomy Service:

For housebound patients we are able to refer to the community phlebotomist to take blood samples at your home. We are unable to give you a precise date or time. The service will contact you accordingly to arrange the visit. Please ensure that your contact details and address is correct and up-to-date on our system prior to any referral by the doctor.

In-house Phlebotomy service:

We are not commissioned at present to take any blood but do so in extenuating cases, as an unpaid service to aid a small cohort of patients who struggle to attend the hospital and are not housebound. 

These appointments are taken away from regular nursing/health care assistant appointments so have a direct impact on the provision of care for other patients for services that we are commissioned to provide.We have a very limited service in-house and as such often long waits.

Please note the hospitals have been sectionned in a way that they are considered to be low COVIDrisk as compared to GP settings where we actually see patients who are unwell, infectious and may have COVID. The prebookable appointments also ensure next to no waiting. 

Please also note that our sample pick up occurs between: 1030-1100am daily so any appointment to have bloods taken must occur prior to 1030. However, this is our busiest period for routine and urgent nursing/health care assistant related care for services we must provide. Therefore please kindly appreciate there may not be an available appropriate appointment to have your bloods taken for a while and when you arrive there may be a bit of a wait to have your bloods taken.

Please also be aware that our nurses and health care assistants may be trained to take bloods but that they are not phlebotomists, so blood taking is not their area of expertise and that they may not find it easy to take your bloods. If you have had difficulty with phlebotomy in the past please kindly try and make your way to the hospital or if you really cannot then advise us and we will refer you to the community phlebotomist.

In summary at present the onsite phlebotomy service that we offer is based on necessity i.e only severely disabled patients who find it hard to attend the Royal Free Hospital and not on personal preference. Only patients deemed suitable by a doctor will be allowed to book in.

Going forwards patients deemed suitable will require alertsd on the notes to show they are elligible to have blood tests at the surgery. If there is not an alert these patients will be requried to be discussed by the clinical team first to assess suitability.

We cannot accommodate more patients until such point that we are commissioned to do so. We appreciate your understanding.

NB. For Fasting Blood Tests ie Cholesterol, Glucose and a few other tests as prolactin, please ensure that you have not had anything to eat or drink for 12 hours other than water and your regular medication

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