Blood tests

A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:

  • assess your general state of health
  • confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
  • see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning

A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. 

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.


Once your blood test request has been approved by your GP you are able to book a blood test appointment with our HCA's via systmonline, submitting an eConsult or calling reception.

Alternately patients are able to collect their blood test form from reception and attend a booked appointment at either Worthing or Southlands Hospital. To book please book online or by calling them on 01903 285149 Monday-Friday between 09:00 & 16:00.


Children’s blood tests 

Under 1

For children under 1 they will need to go to Children’s and young person’s clinic at Worthing Hospital 01903 20511 extension 85935

Age 1-5

Will need to contact Child development Centre Worthing 019003 286700


Will need to contact Worthing Hospital on 019003 286700

Monday – Friday 09:00 to 16:30 to arrange an appointment


We encourage our patients to use online services to view their test results either via the NHS app or using Systmonline as long as you have access to your detailed coded record. If you do not have access to your detailed coded record you are able to request this.

You are also able to call us on 01273 492255 after 14:00 where you shall be passed through to a member of our trained reception team or you are able to submit an eConsult.

You will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results at the time of your test so please bear this in mind before calling. It is then your responsibility to check them and make any necessary follow-up appointment with the doctor.