Phlebotomy (blood tests)

Phlebotomy is where a needle is used to take blood from a vein (venepuncture). Usually, this is then sent to a laboratory for testing, and the results of these tests can help us identify health problems, monitor existing conditions and work towards diagnosing others. They also enable us to plan your care and check the body’s response to medication and treatment.

We have a phlebotomy department at both of our hospitals that run our services for both inpatients and outpatients.

It is best to speak to your GP or health professional about how to book a blood test. They will also be able to advise on any community settings that offer this service to find the most convenient location for you.

Northern services

A phlebotomy service is available for both in-patients and out-patients at North Devon District Hospital. The phlebotomy service is managed by the Outpatient’s Department and can be found in Outpatients A, Level 2.

  • Contact number for the phlebotomy room is 01271-322343 (Ext: 2343)
  • Out-patient Clinic opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 am – 4:50 pm (last admission)

Ward rounds start at 8:00 am Monday to Friday. On Saturdays and Bank Holidays the ward service operates from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm for main building inpatients only. 

Category 2 and private blood tests taken in GP practices

Eastern services

Our Eastern Phlebotomy service is run by the Exeter Clinical Labaratory. You can find out more by visiting their website. 

Last updated: April 28, 2023.