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Pathology

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).

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Clinics

Blood tests – children aged 16 years (up to the end of year 11)
Children under the age of 16 have a separate appointment based system. If your child has been asked to attend for a blood test you have a choice of 3 locations.

 Children’s Clinic
Suitable for All children requiring a blood test from birth to 16 years of age
Where Children’s Clinic, Level 1 South Block, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading
When Monday mornings ONLY 08:30 – 12:30.
Bookings 0118 322 8142 Appointments ONLY (no walk-in service)
Blood forms Your paediatrician (doctor) will be able to order the test electronically. If your GP has requested the test you will need to bring a blood form.

   

 Kempton Day Bed Unit
Suitable for All children requiring a blood test from birth to 16 years of age.
Where Level 3 Centre Block (opposite Lion & Dolphin Wards), Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading.
Bookings 0118 322 7383 Appointments ONLY (no walk-in service). Please book a date and time for your child’s appointment at least 2 weeks before the test is needed.
Blood forms Your paediatrician will be able to order the test electronically but it is helpful if you also have a paper copy from your doctor all GP request require a paper blood form

  West Berkshire Community Hospital

Suitable for School age children or younger children from 2 years who are confident with blood tests.
When Appointments available Monday to Friday 8am-3pm.
Where West Berkshire Community Hospital Phlebotomy Department.
Bookings Tel: 01635 273343 and select option 3 to talk to a receptionist. Please mention child’s age at time of booking. Appointments ONLY (no walk-in service).
Blood forms Please ask your paediatrician or GP to print a blood request form.

   

Blood tests- for those over 16 years of age’

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'sname and time of collection
  • inside a sealed plastic bag
  • accompanied by a fully completed request form

Staff details

RBFT:

RBFT Site Lead: Ian Savill Cellular Pathology Lead: Amanda Babington Blood Sciences Lead: Geeta Prajapati-Jha Blood Transfusion Lead: Nicky Mundy Support Services Manager: Anne Mbabazi

Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Service (BSPS):

BSPS Managing Partner: Nicola Newman BSPS Deputy Managing Partner and Executive lead for Clinical Governance, Quality and Service Improvement: Denise Cook BSPS Chief Operating Officer: Ian Jackson-Sedgwick BSPS General Manager – Blood Sciences and Support Services: Patricia Ruwona BSPS General Manager – Cellular Pathology: Helen Phillips BSPS General Manager – Infection & Immunity Services:  Kamal Sandhu

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

Pathology
South Block
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
London Road
Reading
RG1 5AN

0118 322 7751

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    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust,
    London Road,
    Reading,
    RG1 5AN
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    Tel: 0118 322 5111