Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.


Contact Details

Extension Number
Jax Lemon
Phlebotomy Manager
Alison Crockford
Phlebotomy Training Co-ordinator
Sam Irish
Phlebotomy Supervisor
Pathology Reception – St Richard’s
Pathology Reception – Worthing Hospital
Blood Test Appointment Line
01903 285149

Adult Blood Tests

Patients who have been given a blood test request form by their GP or hospital clinician can have their blood taken at any of the three hospitals which make up Western Sussex Hospitals NHS FT.  For opening times and service updates please click on the link below; 

Blood Tests

Children’s Blood Tests 

Blood tests for children are by appointment only and this service is only available at St Richard’s and Worthing Hospitals. To book an appointment please call the Children’s Centre at the appropriate location using the details below; 

Patient’s Age
Opening Hours
Telephone Number
 Less than 14 years
09:00 – 17:00
01243 788122 Ext: 32530
 Less than 12 years
09:00 – 16:30
01903 286700

Blood Test Information for Patients

Click here for more information on the type of blood tests you will most likely undergo: Types of Blood Tests

Blood Sample collection – Information for Clinicians and Phlebotomists

Use of the Vacuette system

Always use the Vacuette system to collect blood samples and ensure tubes are always filled to the correct volume.

DO NOT collect blood using a syringe and needle and then decanted into a Vacuette as artefactual results may be obtained. In addition, blood should NEVER be transferred from one container to another as this may result in contamination of the specimen and invalidate the results obtained.

N.B. Needles and syringe MUST still be used for Blood cultures.

Blood Sample Tubes (Vacuette) Guide

Further information regarding the sample requirements for specific tests can be found under the specific departmental headings


Last reviewed November 2021

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