Phlebotomy (Blood Test) - Childrens

Phone(01) 414 3043
To speak to a phlebotomist please contact them at (01) 414 3043 between the hours of 8am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm Monday to Thursday. On Friday they may be contacted from 8am-12.30pm.

Description of Department/Service

Blood Tests (Children)

To book your appointment online please click on the button below. Please note that the blood test must be booked in advance as there is no walk-in service available.


Opening Times - (Children)

  • 8am-12.30pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm on Monday - Thursday
  • Friday 8am-12.15pm

These times may vary slightly on the day due to patient/clinic demands. Blood tests must be booked on-line in advance.

Directions to Children's Blood Tests Area: The Children's Blood Test Room is located in the Children's Outpatient Department (OPD) on the ground floor of the hospital. Enter via the main entrance, take the first right (past the toilets) and right again into the Children's OPD main reception.

Please ensure that you bring all blood forms for your child with you to the hospital. Blood tests cannot be undertaken without the proper paper work to accompany the sample to the laboratory.

A more detailed information leaflet on the Blood Test Room and what to expect is availble for viewing and downloading in the childrens section "Just for Kids" then click on "Patient Advice" or click on link below.

Fasting Bloods

Your child will need to fast for the following blood tests:

  • A Fasting Glucose requires your child to fast for at least 12 hours.
  • A Fasting Cholestrol/Lipids requires your child to fast for 14 hours.
  • An Oral Glucose Tolerance Test requires your child to fast from 9pm the night before the test. A half glass of still water (3oz/90mls) can be given to your child prior to bedtime and again on waking up. It is important not to give any other food or drink to your child as this can affect the result (see our advice leaflet in "Just for Kids" under Patient Advice or click on the link below). It is important to point out that this test requires your child to drink Lucozade as part of the test (unfortunately no other drink can be used) and that the test requires bloods to be taken over a two hour period.

Only the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test requires pre booking in the phlebtomy room.