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Blood Tests and Phlebotomy

Phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood and is performed primarily to diagnose and monitor a patient's condition. It involves highly developed and rigorously tested procedures and equipment to ensure the safety and comfort of the patient and the integrity of the sample collected.

Blood is collected by both a venous (venepuncture) and capillary blood sample collection service to inpatient and outpatient services at the hospital, as well as to GPs and other hospitals.

Leigh Infirmary* - The Phlebotomy service at Leigh Infirmary is open from 7.30am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday for all Outpatient and GP bloods and is a walk in service with no appointment necessary.

Wrightington Hospital - The Phlebotomy service at Wrightington Hospital is an Outpatient service and is from 9.00am to 12.00pm Monday to Friday. All patients need to book an appointment with the Contact Centre (01942 773151) for this service.

Thomas Linacre Centre* - The Thomas Linacre Centre is open from 7.30am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday for all Outpatient and GP bloods and is a walk in service with no appointment necessary.

*Please be aware that all blood tests at these venues must be completed by 5pm. On days when large numbers attend, patients waiting after 4pm may be asked to return the following working day.


Community Clinics

Community Clinics are available in and around the Wigan, Leigh and Wrightington area. To book appointments please contact 01942 773151.

Area Surgery Postcode Clinic availability
Aspull Haigh Road, Aspull  WN2 1XH Wednesday
Astley Dam House, Astley Hall Drive M29 7TX Monday, Tuesday, Friday
Atherton Nelson Street, Off Bag Lane M46 0LE Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Ashton Queens Road, Ashton WN4 8LB Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Boston House Frog Lane, Wigan WN6 7LB Thursday
Bridgewater Henry Street, Leigh WN7 2PE Wednesday, Friday
Chandler House Poolstock Lane, Wigan WN3 5HL Monday, Thursday
Hindley 17, Liverpool Road, Hindley WN2 3HQ Tuesday
Golborne Lowton Road, Golborne WA3 3EG Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Newtown Med Practice Sherwood Drive, Pemberton WN5 9QX Wednesday
Platt Bridge Rivington Avenue, Platt Bridge WN2 5NG Friday
Pemberton Sherwood Drive, Pemberton WN5 9QX Tuesday, Friday
Shevington Miles Lane, Shevington WN6 8EW Wednesday, Friday
Standish High Street, Standish WN6 OHD Tuesday, Friday
Tyldesley Poplar Street, Tyldesley M29 8AX Wednesday
Wrightington Hall Lane, Appley Bridge WN6 9EF Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


Patient Advice
Unfortunately, you may experience a long wait at busy periods, for example, morning clinics tend to be busier than afternoons.

Non-fasting blood test patients are advised that attending afternoon clinics may mean a shorter waiting time.

Please ensure if you have been asked to have a fasting blood test then the fast should be for 12 hours, you may have some water and take any medication necessary.

NHS Phlebotomy Service Priority Blood Card for Carers
A considerable amount of Carers have their own existing health needs, which may include regular blood tests.  Leaving the cared for person to attend their own appointments can create anxiety for Carers.

The Wigan and Leigh Carer’s Centre working in partnership with Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, Phlebotomy Service, have created a Priority Blood Card for Carers.

Carers who are registered with the Wigan and Leigh Carer’s Centre can access this priority card to use when attending the Phlebotomy clinic, making the Phlebotomy service aware of their Carer status.  This will then enable Carers to be prioritised and allow convenient and timely appointments, relieving the anxiety caused by long waiting times.

For further information, please contact the Carers Support Team Tel: 01942 705959.

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