Phlebotomy (blood tests)

Blood test tube supply shortage

There is currently a national supply issue impacting some of the equipment used for taking blood tests in the NHS.

If you need a test(s) for urgent health problems you will still get one, but where it is safe to do so, your clinician will delay or rearrange your appointment.

Given the nature of the shortage, an exact date cannot be given for when the test will be rescheduled. However, please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test. Tests will be re-booked when supplies become more easily available.

If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.

Blood Tests at Barts Health

If you have a blood test requested by Barts Health NHS Trust, you can use any of these locations.

GP practices may have their own phlebotomy service and not all of the services listed below can perform blood tests requested by GPs. Please check with your GP first.

Booking appointments

Some of the locations below require you to book online in advance. If you arrive without a appointment, you will be allocated the next available slot on arrival. This could be later in the day or a different day during busy times, so appointments should be pre-booked online to avoid long waits.

Blood test labels

For locations marked * you will be sent a blood test label, which you must bring with you to your appointment. If you do not bring your label, your blood test will not go ahead.

We are working these sites to enable printing on site in the future. For all other locations, a label will be provided when you arrive.

Find out more about how blood tests are changing at Barts Health NHS Trust.

Contact us

For further information about phlebotomy services at Barts Health or for help with booking an appointment, please contact:

Newham (including Newham Hospital)

Newham Hospital outpatients clinic

Ground Floor, Zone 6, Health Central, Newham University Hospital, Glen Road, London E13 8SL

Available to people aged two and over. Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm:

  • 8am-12pm fasting patients only
  • 12pm-5pm, all other non-fasting patients

Contact number: 020 7363 8352

Newham community clinics

These are walk-in centres. There is no need to book.

Shrewsbury Road Health Centre, Shrewsbury Road, East Ham, E7 6AQ. Available to people aged four and over. Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 7am-12pm and Saturday, 8am-11am 

Appleby Health Centre, 63 Appleby Road, Canning Town, E16 1LQ. Available to people aged four and over. Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm

Vicarage Lane Health Centre, 10 Vicarage Lane, Stratford, E15 4ES. Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm

The Centre Manor Park, 30 Church Road, Manor Park, E12 6AQ. Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-1pm


Heronwood and Galleon Unit*, Wanstead Hospital, Makepeace Rd, Wanstead, London E11 1UU

Testing for people aged ten and over by appointment only.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-1pm.

To book an appointment, please click here.

St Bartholomew's Hospital (City of London)

Clinic 1, King George 5th wing (KGV), St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE

Adult testing only. Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm. 

This service is open to Barts Health patients visiting the hospital for face-to-face outpatient appointments only.

Tower Hamlets (including Mile End and The Royal London hospitals)

Blood Test Services at The Royal London Hospital

GP patients should book appointments for blood tests at their GP practice.

Adult testing only - for patients who attend outpatient clinics at any Barts Health hospital site:

2nd Floor, North Tower, The Royal London Hospital, London E1 1FR.

Opening hours: 8.30am-5.00pm, Monday-Friday (closed on Public Holidays).

On entering the building, please take lift core 8 to the main waiting area.

Paediatric phlebotomy service

Blood test services for children under the age of 18 years.

Clinic 4, 7th Floor, North Tower, The Royal London Hospital, London E1 1FR

Opening hours: 9.00am-4.30pm, Monday-Friday (closed on bank holidays).

Mile End Hospital outpatient phlebotomy clinic

Book your test at Mile End Hospital through the Swiftqueue booking system.

GP patients should book appointments for blood tests at their GP practice.

Adult testing only - for patients who attend outpatient clinics at Mile End Hospital:

Ground Floor, Grove Building, Bancroft Road, London E1 4DG.

Opening hours: 8.30am-4.15pm Monday-Friday (closed on bank holidays)

From Tuesday 31 August 2021, the outpatient phlebotomy service at Mile End Hospital will move from a walk-in system to an appointment-only system.

Tower Hamlets community clinics

Outpatient blood tests are now available at GP practices across Tower Hamlets. Please note, this is adult testing only (18+):

  1. Call 0300 033 5000 to have your blood test label posted to your home (please allow two working days).
  2. You will then be put through to your GP practice to book your blood test (you may need to ring your GP practice yourself if the line is busy)
  3. On the day of your blood test, please make sure you have your label with you. The GP practice will not be able to complete your blood test without it

Waltham Forest (including Whipps Cross Hospital)

Whipps Cross Hospital outpatients clinic

Area 1 outpatients, Whipps Cross Hospital, Whipps Cross Road, Leytonstone, E11 1NR

Testing for adults: Monday-Friday, 8am-4.30pm by appointment only. To book an appointment, please click here.

Testing for children: aged 12 months to 10 years: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am-3.30pm by appointment only. Children cannot be seen outside these clinic times. To book an appointment, please click here.

For children aged 10 years old and over, please book an appointment here.

Children under 12 months should book an appointment with the paediatric nursing team, medical day unit, acorn ward by calling 07546 655 797 or 020 8539 5522.

Please note, Waltham Forest GP patients should use the community services provided by NELFT. See Waltham Forest community clinics information below.

Whipps Cross community clinics

Forest Medical Centre, Old Station Road, Loughton, IG10 4PE. Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 8.30am-1pm.

The Forest Medical Centre will be reopening on Monday 19 April 2021 after it was closed due to flooding. Book online here. Please note, this clinic is available to people aged ten and over.

Waltham Forest community clinics

There are a range of clinics in this area. Book online here. Please note, these clinics are available to people aged ten and over.

Silverthorn Medical Centre*, 2 Friars Close, Chingford, E4 6UN. Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 8.15am-12.30pm and 1.15pm-4pm

St James Health Centre*, 47 St James Street, Walthamstow, E17 7NH. Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 8.15am-12.30pm and 1.15pm-5.30pm

Langthorne Health Centre*, 13 Langthorne Road, Leytonstone, E11 4HX. Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 8.15am-12.30pm and 1.15pm-5.30pm

Stool sample information

You can return your stool sample at a number of locations:

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