The Trust currently offers a walk in facility for patients to have their bloods taken and is now investing in a new online booking system so that patients' can book a date and time that is convenient to them to have their blood taken. This new service has been introduced to complement the existing walk in service already provided.
Traditionally patients needing to access to the phlebotomy service have had very little control over when they will be seen and how long they will have to wait. Because of this many patients turn up well before the clinic is open and the waiting times can be unpredictable and lengthy. Those requiring fasting blood tests can find it difficult to be seen in the morning. This new online booking system will hopefully enable patients to plan their appointment and provide them with more flexibility to fit their blood test in and around their commitments such as childcare or work.
This service can be accessed from the main page of the Countess of Chester website - www.coch.nhs.uk - or directly at www.coch.nhs.uk/blood-test-booking