Blood test

Blood tests - Kidney & Urology centre and Kidney care/Dialysis units

Book a blood test at the Kidney and Urology centre (Royal Free Hospital) or one of the Kidney care and Dialysis Satellite Units.

If you normally attend an appointment at the Kidney and Urology centre or any of our Royal Free Kidney care and Dialysis units including the Edgware, St Pancras (Mary Rankin) and Tottenham Hale units, and your clinician has asked for you to have a blood test, you can book your blood test via this webpage.

This page is for booking blood tests at the following sites:

- Kidney & Urology centre- 3rd floor Royal Free Hospital 

- Edgware Community hospital (Zone B)

- St Pancras Kidney care centre (Mary Rankin Dialysis unit)

- Tottenham Hale Kidney and Diabetes centre

Please do not use this page to book kidney blood tests at Barnet General Hospital or Chase Farm Hospital, or that your GP has requested, or for other specialist appointments. For blood tests requested by your GP or other specialties, please book via the main Trust blood test page, in order to arrange testing at Royal Free Hospital (Ground floor), Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital.

How we are keeping you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

If you believe that you currently have coronavirus (or have been told to quarantine for 10-14 days) please do not book a routine blood test appointment. If the test is urgent, please speak to the doctor or nurse who asked you to come, to arrange testing to be done safely.

To ensure social distancing, please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your appointment.

When you arrive for your appointment, we will take your temperature and ask whether you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus. 

When you visit, please keep your distance from others and wear your own face covering which covers your nose and mouth. If you are not wearing one, we will give you a mask. The face covering or mask must be worn at all times while you are in the hospital / clinic. You can read more about the steps we are taking to keep you safe here.

How to book your test


You can book your adult blood test appointment in the following ways:

  1. Book an appointment online 
  2. Ask an Outpatient receptionist for assistance (we’ve trained our staff to show you how to book blood tests online)
  3. Ask your Clinical nurse specialist for assistance 
  4. You can call our admin team on 020 7472 6687 (Option 1)
  5. You can also call to book an appointment on: 020 7443 9757, however at present they will only be able to offer you appointments at the Royal Free, Ground Floor. The line is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Our adult blood test departments are open at the following times:

Kidney & Urology centre, 3rd Floor, Royal Free Hospital 

Monday to Thursday  08:00 – 16:00

Friday 08:00 – 13:00

In order to enter the hospital, please bring your confirmation text or email – you will not be able to enter the hospital without this.

Find out how to get to the Royal Free Hospital.

Tottenham Hale:

 Monday to Friday  09:00- 16:00

Edgware and Mary Rankin: 

Monday to Friday  08:30 – 16:00

Find out how to get to other hospital sites.

 

Frequently asked questions

Can I just walk-in and have a test?

No. At present we are asking patients to pre-book their appointment if at all possible. In addition, if you have not been told to attend for a test then the request may not be on the system. 

If you have an appointment to see a clinician and you are unable to pre-book your blood test, or do not know if you need a blood test, then after you are reviewed by the doctor or nurse, you will be able to register with the outpatient receptionist and they will help you book an appointment. You may be asked to wait for a slot to be available or advised to return later in the day, but we will try and accommodate you as close to your appointment time as possible. 

What happens at a blood test?

Your clinician will have requested this blood test as part of your initial investigation/ongoing care.

The blood test service at our hospitals works on an appointment basis. We encourage all patients to book an appointment. When you arrive, please check-in at the reception desk for your blood test appointment.

After your blood test you may have a small bruise. This is normal and will go down after a few days in the way any other bruise does.

Who will take my Royal Free blood test?

Your blood sample will be taken by a phlebotomist who is specially trained to perform your test. Phlebotomists will not discuss your blood results or your medical condition.

If you have questions about your blood test or need help understanding blood test results, please speak to your doctor or consultant, or nursing staff at the clinic.

For further information about blood tests, please visit the main Royal Free page.

 Before your blood test and if you have further questions about your blood test or need help understanding the results, please speak to your doctor or nurse.

Download our leaflet about blood tests and what happens to the sample.