Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

This site is best viewed with a modern browser. You appear to be using an old version of Internet Explorer.

Phlebotomy (Blood tests)

In this page

Patients who are from GP surgeries only need to attend the hospital for blood test if they find it difficult to have blood taken, or need to have a special test which will have to be processed quickly.

Blood tests help us diagnose your illness and monitor your treatment. We understand that some people find them unpleasant, and we try to treat you with care and consideration.

How to find us

  • John Radcliffe Hospital
    Outpatients Blue Area, Level 2
    Monday 9.00am - 12.45pm
    Tuesday to Friday 9.00am - 4.45pm
  • John Radcliffe Hospital Women's Centre
    Outpatients Level 1
    Monday and Friday 9.00am - 12.45pm
    Tuesday to Thursday 9.00am - 1.00pm and 1.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Children's Hospital
    Paediatric Outpatients LG1
    Monday to Thursday 10.00am - 4.45pm
    Friday 10.00am - 12.45pm
  • Churchill Hospital
    Cancer / Haematology Outpatients Level 0
    Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 4.45pm
    Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm
  • Horton General Hospital
    Pathology Laboratory
    Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9.00am - 12.00 noon

Go to top…

What to do when you arrive

  • John Radcliffe Hospital: please take a ticket from the wall dispenser and wait for your number to be called.
  • Women's Centre: please take a seat outside the department and wait to be called
  • Children's Hospital: please go to the reception desk.
  • Churchill Hospital: please go to waiting bay A, take a yellow number and wait to be called.
  • Horton General Hospital: please go to the reception desk.

Please tell us if you have had any problems with blood tests before, such as fainting.

While waiting

We try to see everyone as quickly as possible, but delays can occur. We will inform you of any delays when you arrive.

Please remember: we can only perform a blood test if you have a blood request form. Please check your form has the correct details on it.

Go to top…

Special circumstances

Contact telephone numbers

  • Babies and young children
    Appointments based in the Children's Hospital: 01865 231111
  • Pregnant women
    Appointment / instructions: 01865 220445
  • Glucose tolerance test
    Appointment / instructions: 01865 235568
  • Fasting blood tests
    If your doctor asks you to fast before your blood test, please do not eat or drink anything except water on the day of the test.

Results

Most blood test results will be sent to the requesting doctor in 7 - 10 days; your doctor can obtain urgent results from the laboratory.

Results must be obtained from your doctor. The phlebotomist is trained to take your blood, but not to discuss your blood test or medical condition.

Go to top…

DEPARTMENTS AND SERVICES