Darent Valley Hospital

Blood tests at Darent Valley Hospital must be booked – we no longer offer a walk in service. The bookable service is ONLY for requests made by a Darent Valley Hospital consultant, clinician or department.

  • To book an adult blood test appointment (12 years and over), telephone: 01322 425391 - Monday to Friday – 08.30 – 17.00 or use the online booking request form HERE.
  • To book a children's (11 years old and under) blood test appointment telephone: 01322 428232 - Monday to Friday – 12.30 - 14.00

Blood tests for children under 12 years of age at Children's Resource Centre, Darent Valley Hospital. For more information, please see below.

To continue with our commitment to keep footfall to a minimum, only those with a valid appointment letter or daily access code will be allowed to enter the hospital. Please ensure that you remain vigilant against the spread of Coronavirus at all times by wearing a face mask, staying 2 metres apart and keeping your hands clean, especially after touching surfaces.

 

GP Blood Tests

All GP related requests (12 years and over) are at the Gravesham Community Hospital (walk in service only) or the Fleet Health Campus, Northfleet (your GP will provide you with the booking line telephone number for this service).

GP blood tests are carried out by Virgin Health Care Phlebotomy at Gravesham Community Hospital. The opening hours are Monday to Friday (9am to 2pm) – no appointment is necessary, people are seen on a first come, first served basis.

We thank you for your co-operation and understanding during these unprecedented circumstances.

Queen Mary's Hospital

The Adult Outpatient Department at Queen Mary's hospital, provides phlebotomy services for patients 16 years and above for Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

Due to the size of our department, we only provide cover for clinics on our site and do not offer a service to local or Dartford GP practices.

Opening times are Monday to Thursday 08:45 to 16:30

                                Friday 09:15- 13:00 then 13:30 to 16:30

Please be aware that there are 3 Trust's that undertake phlebotomy on the Queen Mary's site

Paediatric PhlebotomyAll Children 0-11 Years

A Paediatric Phlebotomy service is available at Darent Valley Hospital for children aged under 12 years by appointment only. 

Appointment booking: 01322 428232 between 12.00-14.00

Clinics are all day Monday-Thursday, and Friday morning

Skin numbing cream is not provided. Children requiring anaesthetic cream (skin-numbing cream) may be prescribed by your GP and obtained from your local pharmacy in advance, or purchased from a pharmacist and booking staff will advise on the application of the cream. 

Children 12 and Over

If requested by GP please go to the Walk In Service at Gravesham Community Hospital (open from 9am-2pm) - this is a temporary arrangement until further notice.

If requested by Consultant, please book at DVH Outpatients Phlebotomy on 01322 425391 between 8.30am and 5pm. 

For adults and children 12 years and older.

  • Location: The clinic is located in the Outpatients department, Level 2
  • Opening hours: Please refer to the times below

Blood tests are carried out on patients who are referred to us via one of the methods below:

  1. Patients who have been seen on the day for an Outpatient appointment and referred to have a blood test.
    These patients will be given a number and asked to sit and wait for their test.
    This service is open 08:30 - 16:50 Monday – Friday.
    If the patient is unable to wait we can book an appointment to return at a later date.
  2. Patients who have been referred by their GP for a blood test. GP blood tests are currently been done at Gravesham Community Hospital.

The appointments times for these patients are as follows:

  • Monday: 09:00–12:00 / 14:00-15:30
  • Tuesday: 08:40–12:00 / 14:00–15:30
  • Wednesday: 09:30–12:00 / 14:00–15:30
  • Thursday: 09:30–12:00 / 14:00–15:30
  • Friday: 08:40– 2:00 / 14:00–15:30

The appointments can be made by telephoning the Phlebotomy Reception on 01322 425391 between the hours of 08:30 – 17:00. Please be aware that this is a very busy service and it may take a while to get through.

You can also request an appointment view the online booking request form HERE.

If you are having a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) you will have an initial blood test, and then asked to drink a lemon flavoured drink, followed by a further blood test 2 hours later. You will require an appointment, as advised by your clinician.

If you are asked to fast for a test, you should not eat or drink anything (except water) for 12 hours before your test. You should take your medication as appropriate.

After a blood test, your results are checked by a consultant and you will not hear from us until your follow-up appointment (if you require a follow-up) or if treatment is required.