Urgent Update from Radiology Department as of 08.03.2021:
A decision to recommence some routine activity has enabled the Radiology department to offer a restricted service on a walk-in basis. It is extremely important that patients observe the opening hours as stipulated below to minimise overcrowding of waiting rooms, reduce footfall through the hospital and Radiology department in order to maintain a safe, socially distanced environment for all patients and staff.
Please refer to the below amended opening hours for the Radiology departments across all 3 sites.
Particular reference must be noted regarding the restricted access at Herts and Essex hospital which can ONLY accept URGENT referrals and the closure of the Princess Alexandra Hospital to radiology referrals on Thursdays due to the prioritisation of out-patient imaging referrals.
GP plain film walk in service availability from 08.03.2021
The Princess Alexandra Hospital:
Location: Radiology Dept.- Area B6, Hamstel Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1QX
Monday-Wednesday & Friday 8am-12:30 & 1:30-7:45pm. Please note routine referrals will not be accepted on Thursdays as OPD imaging referrals will be prioritised on this day.
Saturday & Sunday 9am-1pm
Urgent Referrals - Monday-Friday 8am-7:45pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-1pm
Herts & Essex Hospital:
Location: Radiology Dept- Haymeads Lane, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 5JH
Urgent Referrals ONLY - Monday-Friday 8:30am-12:30pm & 1:30-4:30pm
St Margarets’s Hospital:
Location: Radiology Dept- The Plain, Epping, Essex, CM16 6TN
Urgent & Routine referrals - Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm
Phlebotomy (Bloods) from 8th March 2021
Phlebotomy at all sites is now open for routine bloods.
With Swiftqueue appointments the department are able to continue with social distancing and Covid precautions in place.
How to book a blood test:
Blood tests can be booked online at - https://www.pah.nhs.uk/our-services/service/blood-tests-30/
An online blood test appointment system has been launched to improve patient experience.
Appointments for blood tests should be made online, rather than by email or telephone. The appointments system ensures that we can maximise the number of tests we can offer to patients and continue to maintain social distancing in waiting areas.
The new booking system named Swiftqueue - is designed to be easy to access and to manage your appointment. When accessing the Swiftqueue system, you will be guided to create an account and follow the on-screen instructions to arrange your appointment.
Minimal information is required in order to set up your account and make an appointment. You will be asked to provide an email address (this does not need to be your own, it could be a friend, relative or Carer who is assisting you, for example), your name and date of birth.
If you arrive without a pre-booked appointment, you will be allocated the next available slot on arrival. This could be later in the day or a different day during busy times, so all appointments should be pre-booked online in advance.
Hospital Blood Test Opening Hours (Monday to Friday): Telephone: 01279 827030
An outpatient phlebotomy service is available on all three Trust sites (please review COVID-19 restrictions update above as times & venue subject to change)
- from 7.00am - 4.30pm at The Princess Alexandra Hospital
- from 8.30am - 4:00pm at St. Margaret’s Hospital
- from 8.30am - 4.30pm at Herts and Essex Hospital
- Children’s phlebotomy in child friendly room is available at The Princess Alexandra Hospital by appointment Monday to Thursday 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Fasting: If you need to fast before having blood taken it will be stated on the form given by your GP - if unsure please ask. If you are fasting, please have plain water only from 8pm the evening prior to your blood test or 12 hours prior.