Please note - due to COVID-19, with effect from Monday 30th March 2020 the Phlebotomy clinic will no longer provide a walk in blood test service.  All blood tests will need to be booked by telephoning 0300 123 3444 to arrange your appointment. Alternatively, you can email the team at MEDCH.phlebotomy@nhs.net including your contact details and the team will call you back. 

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Blood tests are carried out to help in the diagnosis, care and treatment of various health conditions and diseases and they may be requested by your GP, your specialist team or nurse. They will give you a blood test form and provide you with information about preparation for your test. This will include:

  • for glucose tests - have nothing to eat for 10 hours; drink only tap water
  • for cholesterol tests - have nothing to eat for 12 hours; drink only tap water
  • for fasting lipids - have nothing to eat for 12 hours; drink only tap water
  • drinking water makes it easier to take your blood
  • please take all medication with water, as usual, before your test; with the exception of Digoxin which cannot be taken less than six hours before a blood test
  • if you are having a fasting blood test, medication taken with food will need to wait until after the test.

If you have been asked to have a glucose tolerance test please contact us to book an appointment on 0300 123 3444. Please note that the test will take two hours to complete.

Booking your blood test

Our clinics are held at a choice of venues and are appointment only clinics - booking an appointment is necessary. 

Blood tests for children

If your child needs a blood test you need to have a booked appointment, by calling 0300 123 3444. Blood tests for children often require more time allocated in order for our staff to reassure them and for you to help calm them before the blood test is taken. A booked appointment means you have a set time for the test, which avoids any potential waiting time and so reduces your child’s anxiety levels prior to going in to the clinic.