Blood tests

We provide blood test at Epsom Hospital, St Helier Hospital and Sutton Hospital and at various community clinics. Please click on the appropriate heading below for more information, including clinic times. 

Blood tests at Epsom Hospital

We provide a phlebotomy ward round for hospital inpatients and a walk-in blood test service for hospital outpatients in Epsom Hospital.

The blood testing service is located on the ground floor of block A (Headley Wing), and is open from 8.30am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays. Please see Epsom Hospital map [pdf] 77KB for location details. 

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.

The blood testing service at Epsom Hospital is for hospital inpatients and outpatients only, there are no facilities available for GP patients. Patients who attend with a GP request form will be asked to make an appointment at their local GP surgery. GPs in Surrey have their own phlebotomy clinics at their surgeries. Please check with your local surgery for opening times and to arrange appointment.

Blood tests at St Helier Hospital

We provide a phlebotomy ward round for hospital inpatients and a walk-in blood test service for hospital outpatients and GP blood forms in St Helier.

Blood testing service is located in the main car park, a new modular unit (light green color) the service is open 7.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays.  Please use this map to help you find us.

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.

For more information on where to get your blood test, please see this document: Where to get your blood test[pdf] 382KB

Blood tests at the Malvern Centre (Sutton Hospital)

We provide a walk-in blood testing service in the Malvern Centre at Sutton Hospital from 8.30am-12.30pm, Monday to Friday, excpet bank holidays. 

Please see The Malvern Centre (Sutton Hospital) map [pdf] 45KB for location details. 

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.

The blood test service at the Malvern Centre is usually quicker, with short waiting times. If you would prefer to have bloods done quickly then we advise you to go to the Malvern Centre.

Blood tests at other locations

We offer blood tests at a variety of other locations in the boroughs of Sutton and Merton. Please note that these clinics are for those registered with a GP in either borough.

Please see this document: Where to get your blood test[pdf] 382KB, for clinic times and locations. 

Blood tests for children

Blood tests on children under 10 years of age at St Helier are by appointment only - to book an appointment, please call 020 8296 2846. Clinics run at the following times. 

Children's phlebotomy clinics

Day Time Location
Monday 1.30pm-2.45pm Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children
Wednesday 8.45am-12noon and 1.30pm-2.45pm Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children
Thursday 8.45am-12noon and 1.30pm-2.45pm Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children

Please see  St Helier Hospital and Queen Mary's Hospital for Children site map [pdf] 82KB for location details.

For blood tests on children under the age of 16 at Epsom Hospital, please phone Ebbisham Ward on 01372 735735 ext 5234 or Casey Ward on 01372 735338.

What happens at the hospital during a blood test?

Report to reception and give the receptionist all the forms that your doctor has given to you, these will be returned to you so that you can hand them to the person taking your blood. You will be given a ticket with a number on it.

Let the member of staff on reception know if you have fasted and hand them your forms.

Children and patients who have been fasting before their blood test are given priority. This may mean that people appear to be jumping the queue; please be assured that this is not the case.

Take a seat in the waiting area. The waiting room can get very busy at times, people who are not actually having blood taken may be asked to wait elsewhere.

It is helpful if you are wearing garments with sleeves that can easily be pushed up over your elbow or have short sleeves. 

When your number is displayed and called, please go to the curtained area. The phlebotomist will read the request forms, ask you to confirm your personal details and then prepare to take your blood sample. All our phlebotomists are fully trained and highly skilled in withdrawing of blood samples. Please discuss any concerns that you have about the procedure with your phlebotomist.

Once the samples have been taken and the needle withdrawn, you will be asked to press on a pad to stop any bleeding. It is important that you press firmly as this helps to prevent bruising.

The phlebotomist will label all the tubes and prepare them to be taken to the laboratories for testing. If your blood test is urgent or you have been told to wait for the result, we will ensure that your sample is tested quickly.

The phlebotomist will check that bleeding from the site of venepuncture has stopped, apply a dressing and send you on your way.

Results of your tests will be returned to the person who requested the tests.

Fasting blood tests

Your doctor has requested that you attend for a fasting blood test. This may be for glucose or lipid/cholesterol testing.

For this test to be performed you are required to fast overnight prior to the blood test. This means that you should consume no food or drink (except plain water) for up to 12 hours before the blood test.

You may continue to drink water during the fast but not more than the equivalent amount of fluid you would normally drink in that period.

Please continue to take any prescribed medication with water only.

Failure to comply with this fasting period may result in unclear results being obtained, which could be misinterpreted or require a repeat of the entire procedure.

Fasting for serum lipid profile determination

What is a lipid profile?

A lipid profile is a group of tests that are often requested together to determine your risk of coronary heart disease. The tests that make up a lipid profile are tests that have been shown to be good indicators of whether someone is likely to have a heart attack or stroke caused by blockage of blood vessels.

What tests are included in a lipid profile?

The lipid profile includes total cholesterol (sometime called bad cholesterol), HDL-cholesterol (often called good cholesterol), total cholesterol/HDL ratio, and triglycerides. Sometimes the report will include additional calculated values such as HDL/Cholesterol ratio.

How is a lipid profile used?

The lipid profile is used to guide clinicians in deciding how a person at risk should be treated. The results of the lipid profile are considered along with other known risk factors of heart disease, such as high blood pressure or diabetes to develop a plan of treatment and follow up.

Instructions for coming for a lipid profile test

We recommend you fast for 12 hours before the blood test. For example if you are due to have the test at 9am, you should fast from 9pm the evening before. This is because eating and drinking can affect the test results.

During this time, no food and drink (including any form of coffee or tea) should be consumed. You can however have plain water.

On the morning of the test avoid smoking or carrying out any rigorous exercise as these can also affect the result of the test.

Failure to fast for the required period may result in unclear results being obtained, which could be misinterpreted or require a repeat of the entire procedure.

If you are diabetic on insulin or diabetes medications (apart from metformin only) you do not need to fast, however please let the phlebotomist carrying out the blood test know.

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