Phlebotomy (blood tests) - Children

The Paediatric Phlebotomy Team takes routine and urgent blood samples from children from the ages of 1 to 13 years. 

We recommend the use of EMLA or AMETOP cream. These are anaesthetic creams to help your child cope with the blood test process. You can get the cream for free from your GP free via prescription or or you can buy it over the counter at a pharmacy. See below for more information.

Blood test appointments are in high demand and get booked up very quickly. If your GP has advised you to get a blood test for your child, please call us as soon as possible to make an appointment.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have put in place several measures to ensure that your clinic appointment is managed safely. Please read about the safety measures below.

Telephone screening

Before your appointment at Paediatric Phlebotomy, a member of our team will contact you to ask:

  1. Have you or a member of your household had a high temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or above, developed a new or continuous cough, or lost your sense of taste or smell within the last 7 days?
  2. Have you been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days?

If the answer is yes, your appointment may be rescheduled, unless your consultation is urgent.

How you can help

  • Always keep at least 2 metres from other people.
  • If you are not shielding and do not have a low immune system, then please arrive just a few minutes before the time of your appointment. This will help us to maintain 2 metres social distancing in our clinics.
  • Always wear a face covering to your appointment and keep it on. Use the hand sanitizer that is available at the entrance and exit of the building.
  • If provided with a face mask, please dispose of this in the yellow bag at the exit of the building and sanitise your hands after removing the mask.
  • Please attend on your own if possible. If you need a relative or friend to accompany you, they will need to wear a face covering too and have their temperature checked.
  • On arrival, the entrance to the building may be different. Please look for the signs that will direct you to our screening zone where you will have your temperature checked. 
  • If your temperature is 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher, you will be redirected to a separate room where a member of staff will assess you. 
  • Seating has been arranged so you can keep to the 2 metres social distancing.
  • Toilets will be available, but there will be a sign on the door to tell you how many people can use the facility at one time. 

Are you shielding or do you have a low immunity? 

If the answer is yes, please tell us when booking your appointment, we will make arrangements for you to attend at a time when the clinics are quieter.

You will be asked to take off your face covering and be given a face mask to wear before you enter the building.

If you do not have your own transport, please let us know when we call before your appointment. The staff may be able to make an alternative arrangement so that you do not need to attend the clinic.

Please do not worry if you cannot wear a mask or have your own transport, arrangements will be made for you to be seated in one of our clinic rooms as soon as you enter the building.

Things we are doing to protect you and ourselves

All staff will be wearing a face mask and other protective clothing. They will be washing their hands or using the hand sanitizer. 

Enhanced cleaning is in place in all the communal areas. All surfaces and equipment will be cleaned with disinfectant wipes after every appointment.
If you have any concerns about your appointment or would like to talk to a member of our staff, please call 020 8973 3468.
 

How to make an appointment

By phone

Call 020 8973 3468 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. (The lines are less busy in the afternoons.)

Have your test form with you - we will ask for your child's NHS number and test details recorded on the form. Tell us if your child has any additional needs.

By email

Email requests to hrch.ccnhounslow@nhs.net, stating name, NHS number and contact details. Central blood test bookings will aim to contact you within one working day to book an appointment.  

If you cannot attend your appointment, please telephone us as soon as possible so that we can offer the appointment to another child.

Arriving for your appointment

The phlebotomy clinic for children is based at:

Heart of Hounslow Centre for Health
92 Bath Road
Hounslow
TW3 3EL.

Allow time for parking at the health centre - the car park is pay and display. Please arrive and report to the outpatient reception on the 2nd floor at least 10 minutes before your appointment with your blood test form. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late you may have re-book your appointment.  

Please ensure your child has drunk 2 glasses of water at least 2 hours before the appointment - this makes it easier to take a blood sample.

At the appointment

To take your child’s blood, an adult must be present to help hold and comfort your child and parental consent must be given. If a parent is not able to attend the appointment to give verbal consent, a signed written letter of consent to carry out the blood test and details of who is accompanying your child must be brought by the accompanying adult. We are unable to carry out the blood test without this consent.

After the appointment

•    If a bruise occurs, this will normally go away in 3 to 5 days.

•    Please contact your consultant or GP 7 to 14 days after your blood test for the results.
 

If your child has been asked to fast for Glucose or Cholesterol/Lipids blood tests, please make an early morning appointment for the test - appointments are available from 8am. 

Children should have nothing to eat or drink for 6 hours before their appointment. But should drink two to three glasses of water when they wake up.

If your child has had to fast for a blood test, you may want to bring a snack for your child to eat after the appointment.

EMLA / AMETOP cream can provide pain relief for some children.

If you have purchased or your doctor has prescribed the EMLA / AMETOP cream for your child, please obtain this from your local pharmacy.

You should apply the cream 1 hour before the appointment time, on the inside crease of both arms at the elbow, over an area approximately 5 cm x 5 cm and on top of both hands, then wrapped the area in cling film to prevent it from being rubbed off. 

How to apply EMLA or AMETOP cream

To book an appointment please call 020 8937 3468 or email hrch.ccnhounslow@nhs.net stating name, NHS number and contact details.

If your child has additional needs please information staff on the phone so that we can offer an longer appointment if needed.

Address

Heart of Hounslow Centre for Health
92 Bath Road
Hounslow
TW3 3EL

Shaheen - Paediatric Phlebotomist
Sheetal - Paediatric Phlebotomist
Vicky - Paediatric Phlebotomist
Chantelle - Phlebotomy Coordinator

Referrals must be made by a Hounslow based GP or the Child Development Team.

Urgent Referrals must be requested by a GP or consultant by emailing the team at hrch.ccnhounslow@nhs.net with the child's full name, date of birth and NHS number.

We will aim to contact and provide an appointment for the child within 24-48 hours.

The pathology form will need to be given to the patient to bring to the appointment.
 

Monday - Wednesday: 8am to 3.30pm
Thursday: 8am to 5pm
Friday: 9.45am to 5pm