From 1 November 2021 you can book your blood test online! To book your test, please click here >
Please note that blood tests are still by appointment only

Please see our poster for open clinics

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 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.

If you are unable to book online, please call 0300 123 3444 option 1, then option 1 again or email the team at MEDCH.phlebotomy@nhs.net including your contact details and the team will call you back. 

Arrive ready for your blood test appointment.

On the day, please bring with you your blood form or F number code (this is given to you by your GP). Please ensure you have any coats off and sleeves rolled up ready for your bloods to be taken.

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 book an appointment online. 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.