A phlebotomy service is available for both in-patients and out-patients at North Devon Hospital. The phlebotomy service is managed by the Outpatient’s Department and can be found in Outpatients C near to main reception on Level 2. Contact number for the phlebotomy room is extension 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.
Ward-based request forms should be completed and put out by 8:00 am so that samples can be taken by the phlebotomy team on their early morning rounds. Requesting practitioners are reminded that an NHS number as well as Name and Date of Birth are clearly written on request forms as per the Pathology Specimen Acceptance Policy. In addition, Group & Save requests must also have a full address and GP details.
Medical staff may be required to take their own blood samples if the Phlebotomist ward round has been completed or if busy taking out-patient samples.
Persons taking blood samples must wear appropriate personal protective equipment as per Trust Policy.
Discard needles and holders at once into a “sharps” bin. NEVER RE-SHEATHE NEEDLES – this is the commonest cause of inoculation injury. See Infection Control Manual here (Manual is only available to NDHT staff).