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To book a blood test appointment please select a location below

Advance booking is essential

You may be turned away if you don't bring the printed form your GP gave you, when required- see below.

Please read the FAQ's before attending, especially if the appointment is for a child.

Book a blood test for children 10+ and adults

Please cancel your appointment if you can't attend, to help other patients. You can do this at the booking links below.

Phlebotomy site for adults
and children 10+:

Patients asked to bring test
request form to appointment

Patient's age

Opening times

Aldershot Centre for Health

√ form required.

Aged 10 years and over

Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.45pm

Farnham Hospital

√ form required

Aged 10 years and over

Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm

Frimley Park Hospital

√ form required

Aged 10 years and over

Monday to Friday 8.30am-5.00pm

Heatherwood Hospital

Not required

Aged 16 years and over

Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm

Herschel Medical Centre

√ form required

Aged 10 years and over

Monday to Friday 7.30am-12.30pm

King Edward VII Hospital

Not required

Aged 10 years and over

Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm

St Mark's Hospital

Not required

Aged 10 years and up

Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm

Wexham Park Hospital

Not required

Aged 10 years and up

Monday to Friday 7.30am-4.30pm
Saturday 8am-10.30am

Phlebotomy sites for adults and children aged 10+ are provided by BSPS - a joint venture between Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals, Frimley Health, Royal Berkshire, and Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts

Book a blood test for children 10 and under

Please see the FAQ's for information about bringing a child for a blood test, including details about the use of numbing creams. 

If you can't make your paediatric appointment- please cancel it to help other parents. You can cancel using the booking links below, or- if it's less than 24 hours to go- please call us at 0300 613 4117.

Paediatric phlebotomy sites:

Patients asked to bring test
request form to appointment

Patient's age

Opening times

Brants Bridge
First Floor, OPD 1, Eastern Gate, Brants Bridge, Bracknell RG12 9RT

√ form required

for children aged 10 years and below; exceptions apply for those children with additional needs.

Thursdays 1.30-4.30pm

Frimley Park Hospital
Portsmouth Road, Frimley GU16 7UJ

√ form required

for children aged 10 years and below; exceptions apply for those children with additional needs.

Monday to Friday
8am-10am and
2.30-4.30pm

Wexham Park Hospital
Wexham Street, Slough SL2 4HL

√ form required

for children aged 10 years and below; exceptions apply for those children with additional needs.

Monday to Friday
8am-10am and
3pm-4pm

Paediatric blood test sites are provided by Frimley Health - https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/fhftpaeds.php

FAQ's

  • How should you prepare a child for attending?

Make sure you bring the printed form your doctor gave you.

Make sure they keep warm and drink plenty of fluids (water only if it's a fasting test). If you / the child are anxious, you can apply local anaesthetic / Emla cream or its equivalent to both inner elbows 90 minutes before the test; please see information about this below.

  • What should an adult patient do before attending?

Please drink plenty of fluids (water only if you were advised to fast) and keep warm.

Bring the form you were given by your doctor if required. 

  • Should I book a paediatric (10 and under) or a 10+ appointment for a 10 year old?

Either is fine! If your 10 year old is nervous, a paediatric appointment may be best- but book whichever appointment suits you and the child. 

  • Information on the use of numbing creams for children

It is recommended that any child over 1 month of age is to be offered a local anaesthetic cream prior to their procedure. This helps to reduce pain caused by the insertion of the needle. Your GP can prescribe anaesthetic cream, or you can buy it over the counter at a pharmacy.

The places suggested to take blood or cannulate include the back of both hands and inside both elbows (antecubital fossa). The healthcare professional taking the blood will select the best site when your child is in the blood test centre.

The local anaesthetic should be applied to all four areas: back of both hands and the creases of both elbows, prior to the procedure.

It may be necessary to apply the cream to the top of the feet if there have been difficulties obtaining blood in the past. We recommend that you do not leave the cream on for longer than the suggested time as this gives no further benefit. Cream should NOT be applied to broken skin or wounds, or if the child has active eczema.

Please do not let your child lick the cream. If this happens, encourage them to drink plenty of water and call 111 if you are concerned that they have swallowed a large amount.

Approved creams application times

  Blood test Cannula Number of tubes allowed (max)

Ametop

for children over 1 month

30 mins 40 mins 1 tube under 5 years
5 tubes over 5 years

LMX4

for children over 1 month

30 mins 60 mins 1g tube under 1 year
Up to 2.5g over 1 year

EMLA / Nulbia

for children over 3 months

60 mins 60 mins 1 tube under 5 years
2 tubes over 5 years

Where and how to apply the cream
inside elbow and back of hand with cream in place and wrapped in cling film
1. Apply a pea-sized amount of cream to the back of both hands and inside of the elbow in the crease. DO NOT RUB IN.
2. Cover with the dressing supplied. If you do not have a dressing, wrap 3 layers of cling film around the areas, ensure the cream is covered.
3. See table above for the suggested time the cream needs to be in place. Please do this before coming to the hospital as it will delay other patients if applied at appointment time, and you may be asked to re-book.
4. After the suggested application time, your nurse will remove the dressing and cream and will locate the best spot to take blood or insert cannula.
5. Cream should not be left on for longer that the stated time as this can cause irritation and will have no benefit to the procedure.
6. The areas will remain numb for up to 4 hours.