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Blood tests

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Colchester Hospital

If your GP requests that you have your bloods taken, please contact your GP practice to book an appointment for a blood test there.

If you see a hospital doctor or hospital nurse and they request that you have your bloods taken, you will need to attend one of our clinics listed below. These are all a walk-in service – no appointment necessary – on a first come, first served basis.

Patients for the following tests need to make an appointment rather than attending walk-in:

  • Glucose Tolerance Tests (GTT)
  • Sweat tests
  • Cryoglobulin

For children up to the age of 6, appointments for blood tests must be made with the Children’s Day Unit with a referral from the GP. Children up to the age of 12 may also use this service.

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Clinics

Contact

Appointments and enquiries: 01206 742 202

Clinic times

Walk–in sessions are held at the following times:

  • Monday to Thursday 8:30am – 4:15pm
  • Friday 8:30am – 3:45pm

Ipswich Hospital

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Clinics

Contact

01473 703 721

 

Clinic times

You may choose to book an appointment or attend the walk-in service.

 

Booked appointment times:

  • Monday to Friday: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Saturday: 7:40am – 11:15am

Walk-in service times:

  •  Monday to Friday: 7:30am – 5:45pm

Please note that we are closed on Bank Holidays.

Clacton Hospital

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Clinics

Contact

01255 201 508

Clinic times

  • Monday 9:30am – 1:30pm
  • Wednesday 9:30am – 1:30pm
  • Thursday 9:30am – 1:30pm

Harwich Hospital

Only hospital-requested tests are completed here.

 

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Clinics

Contact

01255 201 206

Clinic times

Tuesday 8:30am – 12:30pm

Blood tests

Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. Taking the blood sample is also called phlebotomy – you might find this term used in some of our services.

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

For more information about blood tests, please visit the NHS Choices website.

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