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The Dorset County Hospital Phlebotomy Team offer a venepuncture (blood collection) service for all outpatients undergoing treatment/care from a  Dorset County Hospital Doctor or Practitioner. 

Patient Information  

Why do I need a blood test?

Blood is a valuable diagnostic tool used by doctors to help them find out what is wrong with you. The phlebotomy team are experts at both blood sampling and the correct handling of those samples to ensure your doctor gets all the information they need to proceed with your care and treatment.

How do I arrange a blood test?

Your doctor will need to request the relevant blood tests, they will give you a paper request form which you will need to bring to the appointment with you..  

Where can I get my blood test done?

We have a phlebotomy clinic at Dorset County Hospital and Weymouth Community Hospital. Both clinics operate a 'booked appointment service' only.

Dorset County Hospital -  Booked appointments only

We are situated in the Medical/Surgical Outpatients Department, South Wing Level 1.  Please enter the department via South Wing Entrance  1. Turn right and the outpatient department is situated on your right.

We offer a separate phlebotomy clinic for Haematology and Oncology patients in the Robert White Centre.  Please contact them directly on  01305 254355

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)

8.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm

How do I book an appointment?  

Please contact the booking line on 01305 254822, Monday to Friday 11am - 1pm. (excluding Bank holidays). Please have your blood request form with you as we need your Hospital Number to book your appointment.

New Service commencing Monday 17th August 2020  

Weymouth Community Hospital - Booked appointments only 

We are situated in the Outpatients Department, Ground Floor, Room 4A. 

Opening hours:

Monday/ Wednesday/Friday  08:15 - 14:00 (excluding Bank holidays)

Please note: the entry to the outpatient department is  lept locked at all times (East entrance). Please ring the bell at the entrance and a member of staff will collect you at the entrance door and direct you to the phlebotomy room. 

How do I book an appointment?  

Please contact the booking line on 01305 254822, Monday to Friday 11am - 1pm. (excluding Bank holidays). Please have your blood request form with you as we need your Hospital Number to book your appointment.

Is there anything I need to do before I have my blood test?

In certain instances (special tests) you may be asked to 'fast' (not eat or drink before the test).  The majority of blood tests  do not require you to 'fast'.

We DO ask that you:-

  • Try and stay well hydrated before your appointment
  • Stay relaxed and keep warm


Patient concerns

Within our team, we understand that a blood test can be a worrying time for some individuals. If you have any concerns before, during or after the sample has been collected, please talk to the phlebotomist who is with you. They will try to help you through the process.

If you previously have experienced any adverse effects whilst having blood taken, talk to the attending phlebotomist so they can take any relevant action. This could include:

Fainting or feeling lightheaded or unwell


Excess pain


Having poor venous access (hard to find a vein)

If you need to discuss anything prior to having blood taken please contact the phlebotomy coordinator on 01305 254822

Special precautions due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

We would ask all our patients to follow this guidance:

  • Only attend if you have booked an appointment

  • Ensure you bring your request form with you

  • Do not arrive any earlier than 5 minutes before your booked appointment time

  • Use the designated entrance (see instructions above)

  • Wear a mask or face covering when entering the hospital

  • Use the alcohol gel available at the entrances

  • Please attend alone unless you require a carer as we have limited space in the waiting area

  • Please wait in the allocated waiting area until the phlebotomist on duty calls you

  •  If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, as listed on the nhs webpage, please do not attend the appointment

What precautions have we put in place to protect our patients?

  • All patients are offered a 15 minute appointment to allow for the thorough cleaning of all equipment between patients

  • We operate a 'one way' service throughout outpatients to reduce contact with other patients

  • Our staff will wear PPE throughout your appointment and adhere to hand hygiene recommendations.

Please Note 

We regret that we are unable to offer a routine walk-in service for any patients at this current time.  If you do not have an appointment and a request form we will not be able to take your blood. 

What happens to my blood sample?

When a doctor, nurse or phlebotomist (specialist blood collector) collects a blood sample from you, it is the first step in a process that will involve several hospital departments, many skilled scientists and the use of advanced diagnostic testing technology. 

Blood samples are sent to pathology laboratories to help your doctor make a diagnosis and/or to check how your treatment is progressing. Increasingly, blood tests are also carried out to promote health and wellbeing, and disease prevention.

When will I get my results? 

The results are usually reported by direct electronic transfer to a computer in the GP surgery or hospital ward. Pathology laboratories often have a rule preventing them from giving the results to anyone other than the doctor or nurse who asked for them.

This is for your protection, but means that the laboratory cannot give results to the patient either over the telephone or in person. You should make any enquiries regarding your results to your doctor.

Information for General Practitioners

Special Handling Samples - There are several tests that require special handling requirements and can only be taken at Dorset County Hospital. This is for many reasons but mainly due to time dependency. These test can include:



Plasma Metanephrines

Aldo Renin

Gut Hormones and Chromogranin

Vitamins A/B1/B6



General Practice Surgeries are invited to contact us directly by email if they require a Phlebotomy appointment for special handling samples or samples that have been unable to be collected due to a challenging venepuncture.