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Blood Taking Services

Phlebotomy Services Locally

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' will be done.

You can book your blood test online from 1 November 2019, for appointments on and after 21 November 2019. This is a free booking service.

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 . 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

They will see any child i.e. under the age of 17 years. It is a first come first serve service. Please allow for 30 minutes.

Location: First floor of the Royal Free Hospital, in clinic 1 i.e the Paediatric Clinic.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 0930-1230 and 1400 - 1600.

University College London Hospital

This is the second option adult phlebotomy option, but if you choose this option you must inform the doctor at the time and be aware that printed blood forms are not interchangeable ie they cannot be later used at the Royal Free Hospital. Please allow for 30 minutes

Location: Main Hospital Site on Euston Road, on the ground floor in the Atrium.

Closest Stations: Euston, Euston Road, Great Portland Street and Warren Street.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 0845- 1645.

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 have a very limited service in-house. 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.

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. 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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