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Phlebotomy (blood tests)

Including instructions regarding blood tests

Our Phlebotomy departments carry out bloods tests at both Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH. Phlebotomy is the term used for taking blood and means ‘the… puncture of a vein in order to remove blood’.

Blood tests are carried out by Phlebotomists who are trained to NVQ level 3 standards and have undergone a period of assessment in these practices. Having a blood test usually takes up to seven minutes on average.

Please note

If your blood test requires you to fast you will be informed by your GP and therefore advised to make an appointment early in the morning.

It is imperative that all patients have their blood request form with them, as bloods will not be taken without this form.

All patients are advised to wear loose clothing to enable the phlebotomist access to both arms if required.

If any previous issues have occurred, such as feeling faint whilst having blood taken, please advise your phlebotomist beforehand.

Conquest Hospital Phlebotomy Clinic

Conquest Hospital
At Conquest Hospital the Phlebotomy Suite is situated on Level 4, in the Pathology area.

Monday to Friday – excluding public and bank holidays

Open time: 8.00am to 4.45pm

Appointments (please pre-book your appointment)

This is no longer a walk-in service, please pre-book your appointment by calling the Phlebotomy reception:

(01424) 757540

Eastbourne Phlebotomy Clinic

Eastbourne DGH
At Eastbourne DGH the Phlebotomy Suite is situated in the main Outpatients Department on Level 1.

Monday to Friday – excluding public and bank holidays

Open time: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Appointments (please pre-book your appointment)

This is no longer a walk-in service, please pre-book your appointment by calling the Phlebotomy reception:

0300 131 4778

Accordion

Fasting glucose
  • Non- Diabetic patients – 14 hours prior to test
  • Diabetic patients (Insulin) – 10 hours prior to test.

The patient must have nothing to eat and only drink plain water (unflavoured).

Fasting Lipids
  • Non-Diabetic patients – 14 hours prior to test
  • Diabetic patients (Tablets) – 14 hours prior to test
  • Diabetic patients (Insulin) – 10 hours prior to test

The patient must have nothing to eat and only drink plain water (unflavoured).

Homocysteine
  • Fasting for 12 hours – all patients.

The patient must have nothing to eat and only drink plain water (unflavoured).

Monday to Thursday only.

Glucose tolerance test (by appointment only)

All patients must have nothing to eat and only drink plain water (unflavoured), for a period of 12 Hours.

A blood test will be taken, and a glucose drink consumed.

The patient then remains inactive in the waiting room, fasting for a further two hours. A second blood test is taken, then the test is complete.