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Changes to blood testing appointments

29 September 2016

Health Care

Changes to blood test appointments at Southend University Hospital will be taking place in October and November.

From Saturday 1 October patients who wish to book a blood test over the phone should use one of the new telephone numbers:

  • 01702 746509, 01702 746510 and 01702 746511

These numbers will be available Monday to Friday, 7.30am-5.00pm (excluding UK public holidays).

From Tuesday 1 November blood test clinics at Southend University Hospital will be available by appointment only. Walk-in clinics will no longer be available.

Appointments can be made online by visiting our dedicated blood tests page.

Patients simply click on the 'book online' button. They will then need to follow the instructions on how to register and select the date and time for their blood test. An automatic email confirmation is then sent to the patient.

The system offers appointments for all types of blood tests. In the case of some more complex blood tests patients may be required to come to the hospital, but most will be able to choose appointments at the hospital or at any of the local community phlebotomy clinics.

Phlebotomy Manager, Omotoyosi Matti, said: "We introduced the online appointment booking system at Southend last October and it's proved popular. More than 700 patients book their blood test appointment in advance every day.

"Moving our blood test clinics to appointment only will help us provide a more efficient service for our patients, which in turn will significantly reduce waiting times."