Where to get a blood test

Blood test tube supply shortage

There is currently a national supply issue impacting some of the equipment used for taking blood tests in the NHS.

Please note that anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one, once your clinician says that it’s safe to do so. You may be asked to come back for a test at a later date or your appointment may be rescheduled.

Given the nature of the shortage, an exact date cannot be given for when the test will be rescheduled. However, please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test. Tests will be re-booked when supplies become more easily available.

If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.

Where to get a blood test

In light of Covid-19, we have taken steps to protect the public, our patients and staff. We now only offer blood tests, by appointment, for people under our care.

For blood tests requested by a GP, these now take place in community clinics. This is to avoid people coming into hospital unnecessarily. You can get a blood test at a community clinic using hospital forms or GP forms.

These clinics are currently being run the North East London Foundation Trust and the Hurley Group. Please be aware this means we are unable to help with any issues.

Visit the link below for information on: 

  • clinic locations
  • how to book a test
  • who to contact if you are having any issues with your appointment.

Information on blood testing in Barking, Havering and Redbridge.

Children under 12 will continue to have their blood tests through the Children’s Phlebotomy Service. Book an appointment for a child. If you are unable to book online, please call our Paediatric Outpatients team on 01708 435 289.

For blood tests in our hospitals (patients under our care only) 

Telephone: 01708 435498 (office hours only).

Book online

Children under 12

Children under 12 have their blood tests through our Children’s Phlebotomy Service.

Book online

When booking an appointment, you can either create a separate SwiftQueue account for your child or if you have one already, add your child onto the account and book the blood test.

If you are unable to book online or if you have a child under the age of 16 with a learning disability, please call our Paediatric Outpatients Team on 01708 435 289 to book a blood test for your child.

For blood tests requested by a GP

Telephone: 0300 300 1704 or 0300 555 1045 (office hours only).
Book online: https://10to8.com/book/nelftbookabloodtest/

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