In May 2014, most of the General Practices in North East Essex are offering an increased number of blood test appointments at your own surgery.
The service for GP referral bleeds and outpatient (consultants or hospital requests) has split. You can book an appointment to have your blood test at your own practice or at a practice of your choosing. This appointment will need to be made in advance. All appointments will be offered to you within 5 working days (24 hours if it is an urgent request). If you do not require a blood test in 5 days are you are booking your appointment in advance then please let the receptionist know at your practice and they will give you details of any bookable blood tests available. The ‘walk in service’ for outpatient bleeds has been reduced due to an increase in blood tests becoming available at your own GP.
In October 2019, the Walk in Centre that was previously situated at Turner Road was closed and relocated as a Minor Injury service to the new Urgent Treatment Centre situated at the front of Colchester Hospital.
In order to ensure a walk in blood service remained in Colchester, GPPC was able to continue with the phlebotomy service which has remained on the Turner Road site for walk in patients. It is open Monday to Wednesday 7am to 2pm and providing you have the appropriate paperwork you will still be able to have your blood tests carried out.
The aim of the GPPC is to provide a local, safe and high quality phlebotomy service in community settings that is accessible and convenient for patients (children over 6 and adults) registered to a North East Essex (NEE) GP Surgery. Both routine and urgent phlebotomy patients will be catered for.
The service will be provided by trained phlebotomists. The service will link into existing pathology arrangements allowing for timely processing of samples and prompt return of results to the individual surgeries.
The service is designed to take routine and urgent blood samples from patients within the set timescales of, and would apply to patients pre-booking appointments rather than walk in:
- Urgent phlebotomy to be provided within 1 working day,
- Routine phlebotomy within 5 working days of the patient requesting the procedure (unless this is inconvenient to the patient).
A small team of specialist trained paediatric phlebotomists will be strategically placed in each area for appointments to be made for children aged 6 – 12. These appointments will be booked by your own GP Surgery after discussions with you to establish which of the surgeries holding these specialist clinics is the most convenient for you and your child to attend.