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Blood tests (Phlebotomy)

Images of the pathology services across East Kent Hospitals

Patients referred for a blood test by their GP health professional can attend our clinics.

For details on arranging a test, please see specific locations below.

Please see our frequently asked questions section for information about fasting before a blood test.


Blood tests at Kent and Canterbury Hospital

  • Tel: 01227 866496

  • Phlebotomy opening times: Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm (no appointment necessary)

  • Laboratory opening times for the delivery of samples: Monday - Friday 8am - 8pm 

Phlebotomy (blood tests) patients are requested to take a ticket and wait for their number to be displayed in the waiting area and corridor. Appointments for a glucose tolerance test are made via Day Surgery following request received directly from the GP. Please ensure you bring your form with you at the time of your blood test. Failure to present this form may result in your test not being done and you having to return at a later date.

Find us

Walk to the rear of the outpatients department (on extreme right as you enter the hospital complex from Ethelbert Road) and turn left into the main hospital corridor (named 'Main Street'). The Pathology department is situated at station 7, approximately 100 yards on the right hand side.

From the 1937 building (main ward area on left hand side of hospital complex) turn right and walk down link corridor past the casualty and fracture clinic area. At the extreme end of the corridor take lift or stairs up to the next floor. Turn right into main corridor and pathology is approximately 20 yards on the left hand side (location 7).

Blood tests at William Harvey Hospital

  • Phone: 01233 616060 (select option 1)
  • Phlebotomy opening times: Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm. 
  • Laboratory opening times for delivery of samples: Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm, Saturday 9am - 12pm

Enter the hospital via the main entrance, and then turn right. Follow the corridor to waiting area B, which is on the right.

WHH waiting area B opening times are Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm. Patients are requested to take a ticket and wait for their number to be called.  

No appointments are required unless you are a patient requiring a GTT ( Glucose Tolerance Test ) fasting blood test, then please ring 01233 616060 and select option 1 to make an appointment. On arriving in the department it will not be necessary for you to take a ticket, just take a seat and your name will be called.

Please ensure you bring your form with you at the time of your blood test. Failure to present this form may result in your test not being done and you having to make a return visit.

Find us

Enter the hospital via the main entrance then turn immediately right. Follow the corridor to waiting area B, which again is the first right. 

Blood tests at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital

  • Pathology general enquiries - 01843 234250
  • Blood test appointments - 01843 235000
  • Phlebotomy opening times: Monday - Friday 8.45am - 4.30pm 
  • Laboratory opening times for delivery of samples: Monday - Friday 8am - 8pm

Phlebotomy (blood test) operates an appointments system for all GP patients. Appointments can be made by telephoning 01843 235000 Monday - Friday between 9am – 6pm. GP patients will be called by name at their appointment time. All outpatient patients must report to the pathology reception to be given a ticket. The numbers are displayed in the waiting area and corridor. Please ensure you bring your form with you at the time of your blood test. Failure to present this form may result in your test not being done and you having to make another appointment.

Appointments for glucose tolerance tests will be sent to patients following the receipt of a request made directly from the GP.

Find us

From the main St Peters Road entrance, enter through the doors into the main hall. Turn right and follow corridor to the end. Turn left and follow corridor round to the right and then left at the end of the corridor. The phlebotomy suite is on the right and pathology reception on the left.

From the new outpatient unit, enter through the main doors and go through the doors on the left near the seating area. Either use the lift to go up one floor or walk up the stairs. Go through the double doors at top of the stairs and follow corridor right and then left. At the end of the corridor the phlebotomy suite is on the right and pathology reception on the left. 

From the Ramsgate Road entrance, go through main doors and walk down to the corridor. Lifts and stairs are situated at both ends of the corridor and use either to go up one floor. Once on the upper level turn left and follow corridor round to left. Follow corridor until the end (pass restaurant on right). Turn left and travel for approximately 100 yards passing through the main hall and into the outpatients' area. 

Blood test at Buckland Hospital - Walk in service (no appointment necessary)

  • Opening times: Monday - Friday 8.00am to 4.45pm [phlebotomy (blood tests) only service] 

Please ensure you bring your form with you at the time of your blood test. Failure to present this form will result in your test not being done.

If you require a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) then you will need to book an appointment. Appointments for glucose tolerance tests are made via the appointments line. Please phone 01843 235000. Please bring your form with you when you have your blood test.

Find us

Enter the hospital and turn left. The room for blood tests is in the waiting area ahead of you.

Blood tests at Royal Victoria Hospital, Folkestone (Walk in centre)

  • Phone: 01303 854484 

  • Opening times: Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4pm and Saturday 9am - 12midday.

No appointments are required unless you are a patient requiring a GTT ( Glucose Tolerance Test ) fasting blood test, then please ring 01303 854484 Monday - Friday between 10.30am and 12midday to make an appointment. On arriving in the department it will not be necessary for you to take a ticket, just take a seat and your name will be called.

Please ensure you bring your form with you at the time of your blood test. Failure to present this form may result in your test not being done and you having to make a return visit.

Find us

On entering the walk in centre, turn left and walk ahead through double doors to waiting area.

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