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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King George Hospital blood test area has moved

The blood test area at King George Hospital has moved from the main atrium and is now located in block 6.

There are signs showing the way from the main entrace.

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. We're located in the adult phlebotomy service.

Please call between 9am-1pm or 2pm-5pm, Monday-Thursday, on 020 8970 5817 to book an appointment.

Children over the age of 12 will be seen in the main outpatient department using the ticket system.

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-1pm or 2pm-5pm, Monday-Friday, on 01708 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 over the age of 12 will be seen in the main blood test department using the ticket system.

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 and if they have been known previously to display violent behaviour.

Blood tests at King George Hospital

We are open from 7am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. The blood testing area is in block 6, which is signposted from the main atrium.

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.

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.