Date: 27 September 2018
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 last patients will be seen at the PRUH walk-in clinic on Friday 28 September.
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.
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:
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 BGPA will also be significantly expanding their clinics at Dysart (Bromley town centre) up to a five day service, and Ballater (Orpington) which has been extended to a three day service.
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 - please note this is a new number.
*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.
Other GP Practices providing phlebotomy
Many GP practices offer their patients phlebotomy services and it is worth enquiring with your GP or practice staff if there is a blood taking clinic available at your local surgery.
Housebound patients will continue to have their blood taken where they live by community nurses by arrangement with their GP.
The full list of walk-in and bookable phlebotomy locations, dates and times can be found on the patient leaflet below.
For more details please contact the CCG by telephone: 0203 930 0100 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to access more information about clinic times and locations.
From Monday 1 October, phlebotomy services will have a new home in locations across Bromley