Blood tests (phlebotomy)
Blood test update - Wednesday 6 January
To manage the demands of COVID-19 and to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe, please only attend your blood test appointment if it is urgent.
The measures that we have introduced will remain in place and are reviewed on a weekly basis.
Blood test appointments will continue to run at the sites listed below, however if your blood test is a routine appointment, please do not attend until after 1 February.
- The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow
- St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping
- Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop’s Stortford
- Waltham Abbey Health Centre
- Ongar Health Centre
- Rectory Lane Health Centre in Loughton
Appointments for blood tests should be made online, rather than by email or telephone. The appointments system ensures that we can maximise the number of tests we can offer to patients and continue to maintain social distancing in waiting areas.
Appointments will be held at our outpatient departments at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping, and Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop's Stortford. You should also use the online system to make appointments at Waltham Abbey Health Centre and Ongar Health Centre.
Additionally, some GP surgeries offer a blood test service. Please contact your GP surgery for advice.
You should book your appointment using the link to the new booking system below:
The new booking system – named Swiftqueue - is designed to be easy to access and to manage your appointment. When accessing the Swiftqueue system, you will be guided to create an account and follow the on-screen instructions to arrange your appointment.
Minimal information is required in order to set up your account and make an appointment. You will be asked to provide an email address (this does not need to be your own, it could be a friend, relative or carer who is assisting you, for example), your name and date of birth.
If you arrive without a pre-booked appointment, you will be allocated the next available slot on arrival. This could be later in the day or a different day during busy times, so all appointments should be pre-booked online in advance.
If you require any support with using the system, you can call 01279 827163 for advice. Alternatively, you can contact the PAHT pathology department on 01279 827030 if you feel you may need extra support when having your blood taken.