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Blood Tests (Phlebotomy)

The Pathology Department offers a 'walk in' phlebotomy/blood test collection service shared between two locations.

Since this is a 'walk in' service, you do NOT need to make an appointment.

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)
Directions to the Royal Berkshire Bracknell Clinic 



Central Services Manager: Ann Halford

Phlebotomy Outpatients Opening times

Hospital Outpatients inc. Warfarin patient blood tests
Monday to Friday 7.30am - 5.00 pm. Last patient accepted at 4.45pm.

How to get there

The Pathology Service Phlebotomy/ blood collection areas are located at:

South Block, Level 2 adjacent to pathology - on level two of the 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 welcomers 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 -  adjacent to Pharmacy and 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.

Wheelchair access

Yes to both Phlebotomy areas. Note that there are no disabled persons toilet facilities in the South Block location although there are on the main link corridor towards the main entrance, and for Concourse the toilets are suitable for all users).

Patient Guide

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

Any other information: 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.

Conditions treated: Samples taken are processed by the Pathology Service and results reported back to the GP or consultant requesting to aid in the identification treatment of conditions.     

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

Phlebotomy (Pathology), South Block, Level 2

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Useful Contacts

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

0118 322 7751

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