Blood tests

Due to a national shortage of blood testing bottles, between 26 August and September 17, all non-urgent blood tests were suspended in accordance with instruction from NHS England and NHS Improvement. 

We are pleased to report that in line with the best practice guidance, testing activity in primary and community care can now resume for non-critical phlebotomy referrals.

About blood tests

Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test.

For example, a blood test can be used to:

  • assess your general state of health
  • check if you have an infection
  • see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are working
  • screen for certain genetic conditions

Most blood tests only take a few minutes to complete and are carried out at your GP surgery, local hospital or blood testing centre by a doctor, nurse or phlebotomist (a specialist in taking blood samples).

Read about some common types of blood test.

For more information about a wider range of tests, search the blood test A-Z index on Lab Tests Online UK.

Read more on the NHS website.

Your GP will inform you if you need a blood test and your options on where to have one. The following links provide information on where you can get tested depending on where you live. All services require you to book an appointment.

You can download regular updates on the new blood testing service pilot in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

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