Cessation of surgery phlebotomy service

Unfortunately, due to nursing constraints and difficulties in recruiting replacement Healthcare Assistants, we are no longer able to provide a phlebotomy service at The Downland Practice. This means we will no longer be doing any blood tests at the surgery. If you require a blood test, including routine, urgent, INR, or hospital requested, you will need to arrange this with the hospital (contact details below).

Urgent bloods – appointments for urgent bloods can be obtained at West Berkshire Hospital within 24-48 hours. You should call the phlebotomy department (01635 273343 option 3) to book urgent bloods. The doctor will mark the form urgent if clinically indicated.

INR (warfarin) – if you are requested by the warfarin clinic to have a short notice test and they cannot get a routine appt with WBCH in time, you should speak to the warfarin clinic.

Hospital requested bloods (including chemotherapy bloods) – hospital must mark your blood form urgent if urgent bloods are required. Please contact your hospital consultant to amend the form to urgent if needed urgently.

West Berkshire Hospital
Book online: https://wbch.sangix.co.uk
Book by telephone: 01635 273343
More information on blood tests at WBCH: https://www.nhs.uk/Services/hospitals/Services/Service/DefaultView.aspx?id=220305

Royal Berkshire Hospital
Book online: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/royal_berkshire.php
More information on blood tests at RBH: https://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/our-services/blood-tests/

Thank you for your understanding.