A-Z of Services

Blood tests - Croydon University Hospital

  • Address: Croydon University Hospital 530 London Road, Croydon, CR7 7YE
  • Service hours: Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 4:45pm (excluding Bank Holidays)

About the acute medical service

Adult phlebotomy services

We have introduced a booking service for any blood tests needed after your GP visit, in order to reduce waiting times.

To arrange your appointment please call 020 8401 3028 where one of our team will be able to book a specific time for you to be seen at either Croydon University Hospital or Purley War Memorial Hospital.

Note that this only applies to blood tests via GPs, not to patients or staff going to Phlebotomy for a walk-in test.

If you have any queries about this process please give us a ring on the number above, or alternatively speak to our Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 020 8401 3210.

Please note that as the new system is being introduced there may still be a short waiting time.

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Most blood tests only take a few minutes to complete and our phlebotomists are very experienced at taking samples from nervous patients.

Some blood tests require that you avoid eating or drinking anything, apart from water (fasting) or stop taking certain medication.  Your GP or clinician will advise you before your blood test.

Children's (paediatric) phlebotomy

If your child is under 12 years of age or it is their first blood test an appointment should be made at our specialist phlebotomy service for children in the Willow Unit at Croydon University Hospital.

Children over 12 years may have a sample taken at an adult phlebotomy department; however, this is at the discretion of a phlebotomist and will depend on a child’s suitability.

On arrival at the phlebotomy department children over 12 years should be made known to a member of the phlebotomy team for a quick assessment.

Children’s blood test appointments can be booked by contacting the Willows Unit on 020 8401 3177.

The Willows unit is located on the ground floor of the Woodcroft Wing. 

Opening times

Croydon University Hospital

Monday - Friday        7am to 4.45pm 

(Excluding bank holidays)

The department is often busiest in the morning so we recommend coming early to mid-afternoon to avoid possible waiting time.

Patients can book early morning appointments for fasting blood tests between 7am to 8am.  To book a fasting appointment call 0208 401 3420.

Purley War Memorial Hospital

Monday – Friday                                7am - 4.45pm

                                                            (Excluding bank holidays)

No children under 12 will be seen at Purley Hospital. Children under the age of 12 will be seen at the Willows. This is appointment system only. Please call 0208 401 3177.

Local GP practices

The following GP practices offer a phlebotomy service.  All surgeries listed operate an appointment system.

Brigstock Medical Practice                                   
Parchmore Medical Centre                                           
Fieldway New Addington                                               
Selsdon Park Medical Practice                              
Woodside Group Practice