Tests & Results

Blood Tests

Walk-in Phlebotomy (blood testing) clinics are held Monday to Friday at:

The Rainbow Unit at Horsham Hospital

Monday and Tuesday from 08:00 to 15:45 (last appt).

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 to 12:00.

Fasting patients and those on Warfarin should attend in the morning - other patients should make appointments later in the day.

The Phlebotomy Walk-in Clinic at Crawley Hospital

Walk in from 08:00 to 16:30

No appointment required

Patients must remember to bring their blood test forms with them

Fasting Blood Tests

If you are having a FASTING blood test you must fast for 14 hours before your test. Do not eat anything after 7pm the previous night.

You MUST, however, continue to drink plain water (but not tea/coffee/fruit juice etc). You may want to bring a snack with you to eat following your fasting blood test.

Bring your medication with you if you are a diabetic so that you can take it immediately after the blood test.

Eating and Drinking

We advise you to drink plenty of fluid before any blood test. If you do not drink enough the phlebotomist may not be able to obtain a blood sample from you and you will have to rebook another appointment.

If, however, your doctor has said you should have a restricted fluid intake please drink as advised.

For other information about blood tests please go to the following website. http://www.labtestsonline.org.uk

Laboratory Specimens

Specimens must be left before 11.00 and all bottles must be clearly labelled and sealed in a plastic bag.

Results

Please note that you do not need to contact the surgery for the results. We will contact you within 3 weeks to advise you if any follow up is necessary.

You will not be contacted if your test is normal and the doctor does not need to see you again.

If you are still unwell, however, please ring to make another appointment with your GP.

If your doctor does ask you to telephone regarding your result please only do so after 11.30 am.