Blood Tests (Phlebotomy)
Important Patient Information:
All Adult Outpatients Blood Tests at Caudwell Centre (South Wing) have been moved to Gilbert Hitchcock House (North Wing). Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm. Please call 01234 355122, extension 3402 for any enquiries.
The paediatric phlebotomy service (under 16s) has resumed and is by appointment only at the South Wing site (Kempston Road) of Bedford Hospital. To book an appointment, please call 01234 355122 ext 6376. If there is no answer, leave a voicemail and you will be contacted within 48 hours.
If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, please disclose this information at time of booking.
If your GP has asked for you to get a blood test, the majority of tests can be done on a walk in basis at Gilbert Hitchcock House on Kimbolton Road (MK40 2AW).
If you have been asked to have a glucose tolerance test (GTT) this is by appointment only. Please ring 01234 792160 to make an appointment.
Children under sixteen need to attend the children and teenager’s outpatient unit. Please call to make an appointment on 01234 355122 and ask for Paediatric Phlebotomy Service through the operator.
If you have been told or it is marked on your blood test card that your blood test requires you to fast, then you must not eat or drink anything apart from water for a minimum of 10 hours, otherwise your blood test cannot be undertaken.
If you are unsure about your blood test, please call ahead and check with the receptionist who will advise you accordingly on telephone number: 01234 792160.
Normal opening hours:
North Wing: 01234 355122 ext. 3402
If you have a urine sample, please take this to the phlebotomy department at South Wing. The urine sample needs to be labelled fully with name, date of birth, NHS or hospital number and the time and date of the sample. If you have a stool sample, please take this to the microbiology department.
Appointments for glucose tolerance tests
Please click here to download information on appointments for glucose tolerance tests.
Parathyroidhormone (PTH) testing
Please note that PTH blood tests can not be carried out anywhere other that at South Wing.Bedford Pathology User Guide
It is very important you find out where your blood test is before going to the appointment. Blood tests may be at your GP, at the L&D itself, on the first floor of Arndale House or at Dunstable Health Centre.