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Blood testing (Phlebotomy)

We offer a blood testing (also known as Phlebotomy) service at West Berkshire Community Hospital, Thatcham. 

We do not accept self referrals or walk-in sessions.

You must book an appointment. Do not come to our clinic unless you have an appointment. 

You can’t book routine blood tests over the phone. Instead, you must use the automated system or book online.

Online booking

You can arrange an appointment by booking online or by calling our automated booking system.

Register and book your appointment online (opens new browser tab)

When you are signed in, search for Thatcham WBCH and follow the instructions. You can also call our automated 24-hour booking line.

Call 01635 273 343 and select Option 1 

Fasting Blood Tests

If you have been referred for a fasting blood test, you will need to fast for at least 12 hours before the appointment.

This means you must not consume any food or drink, except for water, during this time.   

Arriving for your appointment

Unless you need assistance with a carer, please come to your appointment alone.

Children aged 16 or under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before your appointment.

You can check in using the iPad on the wall, or by going to the reception desk. 

Keeping hydrated and calm  

We encourage patients to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. This can help you keep calm, and it helps our staff when taking blood.

Keeping warm will also help our staff to take blood, especially if your veins are fine or small.

If you think you’re likely to faint, please tell our staff at the start of your appointment.  They can help you lay down and feel comfortable, which can usually help prevent fainting.

If you’re referred for an urgent blood test (same day appointment), or you need to arrange a blood test for a child, you must call us and book your appointment.

We’ll confirm with you that your test is urgent before confirming your appointment.

Urgent appointment slots can only arranged by our team on the day.

Call 01635 273343 and press Option 3

Call us to book your child (under 16) in for a blood test.

Call 01635 273343 and press Option 3

We’ll send your blood samples off to the appropriate department for testing.

Results from routine blood tests typically take between 5 to 7 days.

Other types of tests may take longer.

For your results, please contact the specialist or team who referred you, such as your GP, a week after your blood test unless you’ve been informed otherwise.

Do not call us for your results.

We support other services both at our hospital, and other hospitals in the region.

You must be referred to us. We don’t accept self referrals.

You can contact us to arrange an appointment using our automated booking service or by booking online. 

Call 01635 273 343 and select Option 1

Book your appointment at West Berkshire Community Hospital online (opens new browser tab) 

You must be referred to us and have an appointment.

Do not come to our clinic unless you have an appointment. 

Routine blood test appointments are between 8.00am and 3.30pm. 

West Berkshire Community Hospital
Benham Hill
RG18 3AS

Opening times

Day of the week Time
Monday 7.45am to 4.15pm
Tuesday 7.45am to 4.15pm
Wednesday 7.45am to 4.15pm
Thursday 7.45am to 4.15pm
Friday 7.45am to 4.15pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Car park

The car parking system at West Berkshire Community Hospital has recently changed and is now pay on exit.

A photo is taken of you car registration as you enter the car park. When you leave, please insert your registration number in the payment machines in Reception which calculate your parking cost. Please ensure you enter the vehicle registration details correctly to ensure you don’t receive a fine.

You can pay by card or cash.

If you are a disabled blue badge holder, then you do not need to display your badge in the vehicle. Please take your blue badge to Reception as evidence and enter your registration number into the terminal to ensure you receive free parking. 

If you wish to book a blood test appointment at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH) in Reading please visit their website to find more information. 

Visit the Blood Test service on the Royal Berkshire Hospital website (opens new browser tab)

Use the RBH blood test booking system (opens new browser tab)