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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

  • John Radcliffe Hospital
    Outpatients Blue Area, Level 2
    This is not a walk-in service
    Monday 9.00am - 12.45pm
    Tuesday to Friday 9.00am - 4.45pm
    No GP-referred patients on Fridays
  • John Radcliffe Hospital Women's Centre
    Outpatients Level 1
    Monday to Thursday only 9.00am - 11.45am
    Urgent and difficult bleeds only
  • Churchill Hospital
    Monday to Friday 8.00am - 3.00pm
  • Horton General Hospital
    Pathology Laboratory
    This is not a walk-in service
    Monday, Tuesday and Thursday only 8.45am - 12.00 noon
    Urgent and difficult bleeds only

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.

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

Oxford Children's Hospital
Paediatric Outpatients LG1

This is not a walk-in service.

To book an appointment please call us: 01865 231111 / 2 8.00am - 5.00pm

If the blood tests are considered urgent, the requesting GP will need to phone and book the appointment for you.

If your child needs a fasting blood appointment please discuss with the member of staff when you phone to book it.

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.