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Outpatient phlebotomy/blood tests


Marquees set-up for the drive through blood tests
Newmarket Road Park and Ride, Cambridge, set-up for drive through blood tests.

To cut the risk of infection from Covid-19 and reduce the number of patients coming on site Addenbrooke’s has set up an open-sided marquee at the Newmarket Road Park and Ride.

Who is it for?

This service is for anyone over the age of 16 and who has medical paperwork or a request for blood tests placed on the hospital computer system confirming they need a blood test. Anyone without one of these will be turned away. This initiative is expected to run until later this year but may be extended. Please note that there is a maximum vehicle height of 1.98m (6' 6") and we cannot accept walk-ins, motorbikes or bicycles for safety reasons.

As the phlebotomists will be wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) and the tests are taking place outdoors, there is no requirement for patients to wear a facemask.

How it works

Operating in a similar way to a petrol filling station, patients drive up to one of the five clinical stations, roll down their car window and have their blood taken by a trained professional, known as a phlebotomist. 

To improve this service we have introduced a ticketing system. Ticketing gives patients a better understanding of wait times and helps us manage traffic flow on site.

please note bicycle‘s are not permitted at the drive through.

Blood test ticketing system

Anyone who feels a bit lightheaded will be given the opportunity to recuperate with tea and biscuits.

As well as providing blood tests for Addenbrooke’s, the service can also be used by GP surgeries and medical practices locally to help them cope with patient demand.

Opening times

The drop-in service is available between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Fridays excluding bank holidays.

Further information

The hospital will continue to offer on-site phlebotomy services to patients on wards or attending clinics at the hospital.

  • This service is for adult patients only.
  • Normal hours Mon-Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • bicycle‘s are not permitted at the drive through.