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Blood tests

Your GP or hospital outpatients' clinic may complete a request card for a blood test.  This involves attending a phlebotomy (blood tests) clinic so that a sample of your blood can be sent to the pathology laboratory for testing.  The Phlebotomist will call you into a room and ask you to sit in a chair and uncover your arm.  After confirming your identity, blood is taken from a vein in your arm and put into a special blood bottle.  Sometimes more than one blood bottle is filled depending on the type of blood test requested by your doctor, however, usually only one venepuncture is needed to collect sufficient blood for the tests. 

Royal Stoke​ University Hospital​

G​​P Patients

The Royal Stoke University Hospital does not have a facility for routine blood tests for GP patients within the Hospital complex.  This can be done at a range of convenient locations within the community either by making an appointment at a bookable clinic or at walk-in centres where no appointment is required (see below under Community Services).  All locations have free parking.

Children​'s Blood Tests

Paediatric phlebotomy should be accessed by making an appointment at the Children's Centre at the City General site. Please contact 01782 675183 for an appointment.  This service is mainly for children below the age of 10. 

Hospital Pati​​ents

There is a small phlebotomy suite in the main hospital situated within Medical Outpatients specifically for patients requiring blood tests when they attend for clinic appointments.  This service is for hospital blood test requests only.  It is not available for patients given a blood test request card by their GP unless by prior arrangement.

Hospital patients can also access the community service detailed below if it is more convenient for them to do so

Comm​unity Services 

Royal Stoke University Hospital provides phlebotomy services at convenient locations within the community.

You can choose between:

  • Making an appointment at a bookable clinic
  • Attending one of the 5 walk-in phlebotomy centres (no appointment necessary) at:
    • Bradwell Hospital
    • Cobridge Community Health Centre
    • Meir Primary Care Centre
    • Bentilee Neighbourhood Centre
    • Leek Moorlands Hospital 

County H​​​ospital

You do not need an appointment to attend the phlebotomy (blood test) department, as it is an open access service.  You will need to bring your blood test request form from your doctor.

When you arrive for your blood test please take a number from the ticket dispenser situated outside of the phlebotomy room, take a seat and wait until your number is displayed.

Children under 10-years-old are normally referred to the specialised facilities available in the Children's Ward or community Children's Services.

Blood tests are available from Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm

The department is closed on public holidays.

Phlebotomy Department at County Hospital can be contacted on 01785 257731 ext. 4706​