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Phlebotomy Guide


Phlebotomy Guide

Collection of Blood Samples

The following information is an extract from the RUH Pathology Phlebotomy Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and its aim is to provide basic information to assist staff who have already been trained or who have appropriate experience.

If you have any doubts, please contact the phlebotomy team for advice.


Outpatient Phlebotomy (Blood Sample Collection)

Department is open
An Outpatient Phlebotomy service is provided in the Neurology Outpatient Department. Please ensure you bring a completed blood test form with you. Appointments are not normally required. Normal opening hours are:
Mon-Thu, 8.30am - 4.30pm (last patient 4.15pm)
Friday, 8.30am - 3.30pm (last patient 3.15pm)

For children 14 years and under, pre-booked appointments must be made with the children's outpatient nurses. This is arranged by the health professional ordering the tests on the ICE system and then sending a letter, including patient details and a contact phone number, to Children's outpatients or by email to ruh-tr.childrensOPDnurses@nhs.net. For queries please call the Outpatient nurses on 01225 824209.

Planned closures:
The Blood Sample Collection Service is operating normal opening hours.

Consent for your blood test

By coming to the blood room, to have your blood test, you are agreeing to the phlebotomist bleeding you and then sending your sample to be tested here or at another laboratory.

It is important that you fully understand what the phlebotomist is going to do to you and what will then happen to your sample and request form. If you have queries or concerns then please feel free to discuss them with the phlebotomist or contact the laboratory.

The law on consent

See the Department of Health's Reference Guide to Consent for Examination or Treatment for a comprehensive summary of the law on consent.

Further information

Phlebotomy - A guide to having a blood test



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