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This service is divided into five main areas, clinical chemistry, haematology (including transfusion), cellular pathology, microbiology (including virology) and central services (including blood tests/ phlebotomy).



Blood tests

The Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust Pathology Department offers a 'walk in' phlebotomy/blood test collection service shared between Reading and Bracknell. This is a 'walk in' service, so you do not need to make an appointment.

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust operates an appointment only clinic for blood tests in the Phlebotomy department of West Berkshire Community Hospital in Thatcham. For appointments please call: 01635 273343.

Royal Berkshire Hospital (Reading)
Open for walk in general blood tests:
Monday - Friday 7.30am-4.15pm (except bank holidays)

Royal Berkshire Bracknell Clinic
Open for walk in general blood tests:
Monday - Friday 8:00am-4.00pm (except bank holidays)

Phlebotomy Outpatients opening times
Hospital Outpatients (including Warfarin patient blood tests)
Monday to Friday 7.30am - 5.00pm. Last patient accepted at 4.45pm.

Anticoagulation Clinic: Please refer to the Anticoagulation leaflet.

More information about Pathology services

How to get here

South Block, Level 2 adjacent to Pathology - on level 2 South Block and can be reached via the South Block Entrance on Addington Road or the main link corridor from the Royal Berkshire Hospital Main Entrance on Craven Road. Park in multi-storey car park in Craven Road. Join the Main Entrance block at level 2. Turn right past reception, passing the shops (signed All Wards and Departments). At the Welcome desk turn left down the Main Link corridor and follow blue coded signs to Pathology or Blood tests. This unit will be open at all times stated.

Concourse, Level 2 adjacent to Pharmacy can be reached from the Royal Berkshire Hospital Main Entrance on Craven Road. Park in multi-storey car park in Craven Road. Join the Main Entrance Block at level 2. Pass reception and turn left following signs. On occasions this unit may not be open.

Specimen drop off point

To avoid having to park and find the laboratory to deliver specimens, a "drop-off" point has been designated with an adjacent free parking space.

The drop off point is accessible from Craven Road via the site entrance nearest to southern end of the hospital. Please just put the bagged specimens through the flap and let them drop.

Some specimens that need immediate analysis and must be delivered promptly to laboratory reception, if this is the case, the test instructions will clearly state this.

If there are no special arrangements regarding the tests performed, then it is safe to assume that you can deliver the specimen to the drop off point at any time.

Please ensure that all containers, wherever delivered to, are:

  • properly capped and securely fastened
  • clearly labelled with the patient's name and time of collection
  • inside a sealed plastic bag
  • accompanied by a fully completed request form


Staff details

Clinical Director of Pathology: TBA
Pathology Manager: Geoff Pinney
Quality Manager: Dave Asplin 
Head Biomedical Scientist: Jackie Armitage
Head Biomedical Scientist, Cellular Pathology: Amanda Babington
Head Biomedical Scientist, Microbiology: Paul Cain
Central Services Manager: Ann Halford

Any other information

Please bring your Pathology Service Request Form (or letter for warfarin patients). Please follow GP/Consultant  advice.

The Pathology Laboratory provides a full blood collection service to both GP patients and Hospital Outpatients. A ' walk in' service is offered and the average waiting time is less than 20 minutes. However, patients are advised that clinic patients are given priority and waiting times during clinic times can be 45 minutes or more.

GPs are requested not to send patients to Pathology for collection of microbiology samples other than blood tests without making prior arrangements with a consultant microbiologist. Patients with communicable infections e.g. whooping cough, rubella etc. should not be sent to the laboratory for tests except by prior arrangement with a consultant microbiologist.

Nearby facilities

Refreshment points

  • Convenience store (Main Entrance Block)
  • Coffee bar (Main Entrance Block)
  • Restaurant on level 1 (South Block)
  • League of Friends shop and tea bar (Maternity Block)

ATM machine:  Opposite the reception desk on level 2 in the Main Entrance Block




Useful Contacts

South Block
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
London Road

0118 322 7751


    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust,
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