Blood test service (Phlebotomy)


Where can I get a blood test? 

GP surgeries
You may be able to have a blood test at  your GP surgery, providing the surgery you are registered with has agreed to offer this.  Please contact your GP surgery for more information. 

Note: We no longer provide the phlebotomy service for people over the age 18. you will need to contact your GP practice to find the nearest place to have blood taken. For people aged between 12 – 18 there is a limited service until 30 April.  Following this you will need to contact your GP practice to find the nearest place to have blood taken

Children (Under 12 Years)
Children under 12 years old are not able to have their blood taken in the community clinic. Paediatric blood tests are offered by appointment only. Please ring Northwick Park  Hospital (020 8869 3131) or Central Middlesex Hospital (020 8453 2065)

What do I need to do if I’ve been referred for a fasting blood test? 
If you have been referred for a fasting lipids, a fasting glucose test or a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) you will be required to fast prior to having your test. 

Please do NOT eat or drink anything, other than water, from 10 pm the night before.  You should drink water on the morning of your test to stop you getting dehydrated. You are advised to bring a juice drink and a biscuit/snack to eat after your test.

You should follow your doctor’s advice with regard to taking any prescribed medication on the morning of the test.

What do I do if I’ve been referred for a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT)?
This specialist fasting test is only carried out at at Wembley Centre for Health and Care

You MUST book a morning appointment for this test, in advance, by calling the booking line from 9am - 12pm and from 1pm and 3pm Monday to Friday - 020 8795 6057

The test takes two hours to complete:

  • A blood sample will be taken first and then you will be given 300mls of glucose solution to drink
  • You will be required to stay for two hours for a second sample to be taken. You may wish to take a seat in the waiting room and bring a book or a magazine. This is a resting test so it is important that you do not exert yourself
  • After the second blood sample has been taken you will be able to eat and drink. You are advised to bring a carton of juice and a snack to eat at the end of the test so that you don’t feel dizzy.

How do I get my results?
Results for standard blood tests are available in approximately five - seven working days and are sent straight to your GP by the lab. Results for urgent blood tests are usually available within 24 hours. 

Please follow your GP’s instructions regarding obtaining your results.