PATIENTS who need a blood test at Orsett Hospital are now able to book an appointment time in advance.Patients can book online or over the telephone and can specify all of their blood test requirements, such as fasting, glucose intolerance, warfarin (INR), so the most suitable time can be offered.Online booking is available from the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals website www.basildonandthurrock.nhs.uk and is very easy to use. Patients simply visit the blood tests section on the website, and click on the book online’ button under Orsett Hospital.They will then need to follow the instructions on how to register and select the date and time for their blood test. An automatic email confirmation is then sent to the patient.Those wishing to book an appointment by telephone can call 01702 746509, 01702 746510 or 01702 746511; Monday to Friday, 7.30am-5pm (excluding UK public holidays).The new system is running on a trial basis for three months. Patients may still choose to walk-in and wait for a blood test if they prefer.Blood test appointments were introduced at Basildon Hospital in October 2015. The system has proved to be very popular and now each day more than 300 patients book their blood test appointment in advance. From 1 November 2016, blood test clinics will only be available by appointment at Basildon Hospital, patients will no longer be able to walk-in and wait.
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