Blood Tests

The phlebotomy service at Birmingham Children’s Hospital is based in Main Outpatients and supports outpatient clinics and local GP services with both blood tests. The Phlebotomy team also provide an inpatient ward service twice a day (Monday to Friday). Ticket allocation can be finished at an earlier time subject to the demand for the service that day.

Having a blood test

When arriving at the Main Outpatients department, you should attend Desk No. 4. If no one is available, please take a ticket from the ‘red ticket dispenser’ which is located on the wall. 

To help ease the fear of anxious children, it is possible to apply a local anaesthetic (ametop cream or spray) which is used to numb the skin and reduce pain before a procedure. It does take approximately 30 minutes for the area to become numb when using the cream. Before the blood test, if you prefer to use the ametop spray, the result is instantaneous ‘freezing’. The cream can be used for children aged one month and over, and the spray is for children aged five and over.

Please speak to a phlebotomist on arrival to discuss if you require either cream or spray.

During busier times, for example during the school holidays, there may be delays in our service. The team will make every effort to keep you informed of any delays on the day and we would ask for your patience and understanding during such times.

Booking an appointment

Our Phlebotomy Service at Birmingham Children’s Hospital remains open during this time, however, to ensure to protect our patients and staff and ensure appropriate safety measures and social distancing, access to this service is by appointment service only. 

To ensure we can see you safely, you must make an appointment for a blood test.

How it works:

  1. Visit one of the links below (depending on how you have been referred) 
  2. Select a date and time that suits you
  3. Enter your details as prompted, including your NHS number
  4. We’ll send you a confirmation via text message or email
  5. If you need to cancel please contact 0121 333 9304