Darent Valley Hospital

Blood tests at Darent Valley Hospital must now be booked – we no longer offer a walk in service. This service is only for requests made by a Darent Valley Hospital clinician or department.

To book an adult blood test appointment telepone: 01322 428846
To book a children's blood test appointment telephone: 01322 428232

The booking line is open from Monday to Friday – 08.30 – 17.00.

All GP related requests will remain at the Gravesham Community Hospital (walk in service only)  or the GP Federation Hub on the site of Springhead Road Surgery, Northfleet (your GP will provide you with the booking line telephone number for this service).

We will continue with blood tests for children under 12 years of age (including maternity) at Darent Valley Hospital as usual.

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

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.

To support patients during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Virgin Health Care Phlebotomy opening hours at Gravesham Community Hospital will be extended to 08.15 – 14.00, Monday – Friday with effect from Monday 18th January 2021 until Wednesday 31st March 2021.

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

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

Appointment booking: telephone 01322 428232 between 12.00 - 13.30

Clinics are all day Monday to 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. 

This service is for children of under 12. For children 12 years and over a reason for a paediatric blood test such as due to anxiety, learning disabilities and additional needs will need to be provided at the time of booking the appointment.

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.