Blood tests

man having his blood taken to be tested

Where to go to have a blood test

From Barking to Brentwood and Rainham to Romford, there are lots of places that offer blood testing.

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Children's blood tests

Children can have their blood test at either King George Hospital or Queen’s Hospital. Our child phlebotomy services are specially designed to make taking blood as quick, easy and as painless as possible.

King George Hospital, Spearpoint Surgery

We see children aged 3 to 12 years by appointment in the dedicated paediatric phlebotomy service. This is located within the adult phlebotomy service on the ground floor.

Please call between 9am-5pm, Monday-Thursday, on 020 8970 5817 to book an appointment.

Queen’s Hospital, children’s outpatient department

We offer a dedicated, appointment-based paediatric service for children aged 0-12 years in the children’s outpatient department on the first floor. Please call between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday, on 435 289 to book an appointment.

We also offer a walk-in service for children 3-12 years in the adult phlebotomy service on the ground floor at Queen’s Hospital.

Children with special needs can be accommodated up to the age of 18 via the booking lines on either site. Please mention what special needs your child has when booking.

 

Blood tests at King George Hospital

We are open from 7am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. The blood testing area is sign posted from the main entrance to the right.

We operate a ticketing system. Once you get to the blood testing area, take a number and a seat. Your number will be displayed when we are ready for you.

If you need a glucose tolerance test (GTT), please call 020 8970 8383 to book an appointment. Lines are open from 8am to 12pm, Monday to Friday.

Blood tests at Queen's Hospital

We are open from 7am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. The blood testing area is towards the back of the main atria, near pharmacy.

We operate a ticketing system. Once you get to the blood testing area, take a number and a seat. Your number will be displayed when we are ready for you.

If you need a glucose tolerance test (GTT), please call 01708 435498 to book an appointment. Lines are open from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Christmas opening times at Queen's Hospital

Monday 26 December
Boxing day
Closed
Tuesday 27 December Closed
Wednesday 28 December Open from 7am, last ticket at 4.30pm
Thursday 29 December Open from 7am, last ticket at 4.30pm
Friday 30 December Open from 7am, last ticket at 4.30pm
Saturday 31 December
New Year's Eve
Closed
Sunday 1 January
New Year's Day
Closed
Monday 2 January Closed
Tuesday 3 January Open from 7am, last ticket at 4.30pm

Overnight fasting tests

We know it’s not a nice thing to have to go without food but it’s really important that you do follow the rules around this, so we get accurate results.

Your fasting period will normally start from 10pm until the blood has been taken.

You can drink water and take normal medications – anything else may affect the results of your test. Your GP or clinician in charge of your care will give you any specific instructions.

Labelling specimens

Please ensure specimen containers are labelled with:

  • first name
  • family name
  • date of birth
  • gender
  • date and time of when the specimen was collected

Leaving specimens out of hours

When closed, urine and faecal specimens may be left in:

  • the black sample post box in the main entrance at King George Hospital
  • the green sample box in the blood test area at Queen’s Hospital

Please make sure your samples are fully labelled.

Blood samples and 24 hour urine tests must be delivered to the pathology laboratory directly.