Community phlebotomy services in Bromley
Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group is making some changes to phlebotomy (blood taking) services in Bromley
From Monday 1 October, phlebotomy services will have a new home in locations across Bromley. Rather than visiting the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) walk-in clinic, you will be able to have your bloods taken in a number of local GP practices and existing walk-in centres.
The current walk-in phlebotomy clinic at the PRUH will be transformed into a discharge lounge which will be a designated space for patients who have completed treatment and are in the process of returning home or to a new placement. The new discharge lounge facilities will significantly improve the quality of care for patients at the PRUH.
Hospital Walk-in clinics
These changes only apply to the PRUH phlebotomy clinic. Walk-in clinics will continue to be available for GP requested blood tests at Beckenham Beacon and Orpington Hospital.
PRUH outpatients, including those under the care of the Anticoagulation Clinic who require INR monitoring*, will continue to have their blood tests at the PRUH. The new location for Phlebotomy at the PRUH will be in Outpatients C. The opening hours from 1 October will be 8.00am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday.
Children aged 12 and under will continue to have their blood tests taken by the PRUH Children’s team (they will need to be referred by your GP Surgery)
Bromley GP Alliance (BGPA) Booked Appointment Community Phlebotomy Service
From October, the Bromley GP Alliance (BGPA) will be expanding their Booked Appointment Phlebotomy Service which will operate from the following practices;
- Ballater Surgery
- Dysart Surgery
- Summercroft Surgery
- Park Practice
The primary aim of a bookable appointment service is to reduce waiting times on the day of attending a phlebotomy clinic.
BGPA are opening a new five day clinic at the Summercroft Surgery which is next door to the PRUH.
The intention is that by providing patients with more options and locations for phlebotomy this will reduce the demand on any single clinic.
A new feature of the service is that patients will now be able to directly contact the Bromley GP Alliance to book, cancel or rearrange their appointments by phone. Alternatively, GPs and practice staff will continue to be able to book appointments electronically during their consultations. A text reminder service is operated by the Booked Appointment Service.
Patients do not need to contact the reception of the host practices, the BGPA administrate the service and can be contacted directly on 0203 930 0245.
*For hospital warfarin patients who happen to require a general blood test requested by their GP for another reason, and not relating to an INR test, this can be completed through the Community Phlebotomy Service.
Housebound patients will continue to have their blood taken where they live by community nurses by arrangement with their GP.