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Phlebotomy (Blood tests)

Adults

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

Oxford

Community Diagnostic Centre

Oxford Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC)
(Inside the Perspectum Building)
Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm
By appointment only - please book your blood test appointment online through DrDoctor
You will need your NHS number

Book an appointment | Oxford CDC - MyDrDoctor

John Radcliffe Hospital

Level 2 Outpatients Blue Area
Monday 9.00am -12.45pm
Tuesday to Friday 9.00am - 4.45pm
This is not a walk-in service
GP patients: urgent and difficult bleeds only
No GP-referred patients on Fridays

Women's Centre Level 1 Outpatients
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only 8.30am - 12 noon
Urgent and difficult bleeds only

Churchill Hospital

Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm
Closed weekends and Bank Holidays.

Banbury

Horton General Hospital

Pathology Laboratory
Monday Tuesday and Thursday only 9.00am -11.45am
This is not a walk in service
GP patients: urgent and difficult bleeds only

Mobile Phlebotomy Bus

Horton General Hospital

Behind the Rowan Ambulatory Unit (RAU)
Monday to Friday 8.30am - 1.30pm
By appointment only - please book your blood test appointment online through DrDoctor
You will need your NHS number

Book an appointment | Mobile Phlebotomy Bus - MyDrDoctor

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.
  • Churchill Hospital: please go to Car Park 4, then follow the signs to Blood Tests and wait to be called (see Churchill site map).
  • Horton General Hospital: please go to the reception desk.
  • Phlebotomy Bus: please arrive at your appointment time as there is no waiting area.

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.

Children

Blood tests - Children's Services (for both Oxford Children's Hospital and Horton General Hospital)

Special circumstances

Contact telephone numbers

  • Babies and young children
    Appointments based in the Children's Hospital: 01865 231111
  • Pregnant women
    Appointment / instructions: 01865 220445
  • 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.

Last reviewed:16 February 2024