Blood tests – routine blood tests postponed
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician feels that it is appropriate to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.
Blood tests in Adults
We are fortunate in having three members of staff fully trained to run our adult phlebotomy clinics: Debra, Sheuli and Monika.
There is also a walk-in phlebotomy service at Ealing Hospital available to patients from Monday to Friday, 8am to 3.45pm only. You can attend this service at Ealing Hospital without a referral but you will need to bring a blood form with you.
All our samples are processed at Charing Cross Hospital or Hillingdon Hospital.
Blood tests in Children
Our health care assistant Debra can take bloods from children age 3.5 and over.
Please look at the leaflet using the link below:
When booking a blood test for a child, please make sure your doctor has given you a prescription for a skin numbing EMLA cream 5g x 1 tube . Full instructions about how to use this can be found in the box with the cream and in the above leaflet link.
- 1-2 hours before your blood test appointment:
- Apply a small amount of EMLA cream (about 1-2 pence size area) to both inside elbows
- Remove the centre cut out piece of dressing but leave the paper frame on
- Peel the paper liner off
- Cover the cream, holding down the dressing frame
- Don’t press on the cream as it must not be spread out
- Smooth down the edges avoid leaking
- Remove the paper frame and leave dressing in place until you come for your appointment
For children under the age of 2, or if you prefer your child to have a blood test elsewhere, please consult the leaflet above produced by Ealing CCG . Please note that most services listed do not accept walk ins when taking blood from children.
Please call between 11am and 3.30pm to enquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request between these times.
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice.
It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if your are advised to do so.
Patients with abnormal test results will be notified by post, text message or phone call. Please ensure we have your correct address and telephone number.
Diabetic patients are requested to make an appointment with a doctor for review three weeks after their blood tests