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Children’s Blood Test Clinic survey

The survey closed on 6th May 2018.

The children’s blood test clinic for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, which is also known as the Paediatric Phlebotomy Service, is available for babies, children and young people up to the age of 16 whose GP has referred them for a blood test. This specialist service operates from three clinics in Leicester city: Braunstone Health and Social Care Centre, Westcotes Health Centre and Merlyn Vaz Health and Social Care Centre.

At the moment, the service is run by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust under one contract. This contract was coming to an end in September 2018 so it was an opportunity to consider how this service could best be run in the future, and whether any changes were needed.

There were two options that we were considering.

  1. We could keep the children’s blood test clinic as one service and one contract as it was. Depending on who wins the contract, the location of the clinics may change, but all blood tests would be carried out by the same provider.
  2. We could split the service into two and have two contracts. This would mean that the service for babies and children between 0 to 10 years would be delivered by a specialist provider. Children and young people between 10 and 16 could potentially have their service provided by a local GP practice.

Read the full report: Children’s Phlebotomy survey report

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