From the 19th October blood tests will be by appointment only at Waltham Abbey Health Centre
Please book your blood test appointment online by visiting www.pah.nhs.uk and following the link under the A-Z guide to blood test services. The service is managed by the pathology department at The Princess Alexandra Hospital.
By booking via the Swiftqueue system, you can arrange appointments at a location convenient for you and experience shorter waiting times. Routine blood tests are available in 24 hours.
During the changeover period, there will be support to help you book your appointment on the day or to register for future appointments. There will also be a telephone line to answer your questions on 01279 827163
Blood Test Opening Times
Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays (not bank holidays)
8.30am - 11.30am
Children’s phlebotomy is by appointment on Monday to Thursday 08:00 – 11:00 at Princess Alexandra, Harlow only.
As from 12th October all patients will be able to book their own appointment on Swiftqueue
Cholesterol and Glucose Tests
Cholesterol and glucose tests are usually done fasted and you should have nothing to eat or drink but plain water for the 12 hours before the blood test. You will need to book an appointment for all blood tests.
Results of blood tests are usually sent to us within 7-10 days from the time of the test (and often sooner). The results for x-rays and ultrasound investigations may take up to three weeks. The doctor or nurse who initially made the request will explain how to get the investigation done and how and when to get the result.
You may telephone the surgery for test results on Monday to Friday between 11am and 12 pm and 4pm to 5.45 pm (Wednesday only until 12pm).
As our receptionists are not medically qualified, they will only be able to inform you whether the result is normal. If you need clinical advice they will put you through to a nurse or doctor.
In practice this system works well and we make every effort to ensure that the process is trouble free. However, there are times (if the doctors and nurses are busy) when you may be asked to call back and we do ask for your patience and consideration if this is the case.