Book more convenient blood tests at the Hospital of St Cross

People in Rugby can now book their blood test outside work or school opening times at the Friends Blood Taking Unit at the Hospital of St Cross.


By booking an appointment online, adults and children can now get their blood taken at the following times:


  • 7am-8am, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays
  • 5pm-7pm, Wednesday
  • 7am-10am, Saturday


The new extended opening hours are only available for people who have pre-booked their appointments.


During the standard opening hours of 8am and 4:45pm, Monday to Friday, people can pre-book appointments for either adults or children.  For adults only, people can choose to walk into the unit to wait for a phlebotomist to be available during standard opening hours.


Free 30 minute car parking is also available at the Hospital of St Cross for people attending blood-taking appointments.


Norma Langridge, Supervisor at the Friends Blood Taking Unit at St Cross, said:

“We have such good feedback about the care the phlebotomists in the unit provide, but people told us that they were having to book time off work or take their children out of school.


“We’ve listened to what they’ve told us, and we’re so pleased that we can now offer early morning, evening and Saturday appointments to people to fit around their busy lives.”


The £400,000 Friends Blood Taking Unit opened in December 2015.  The Friends of St Cross raised £130,000 towards the development of the unit.


Willy Goldschmidt, Chairman of the Friends of St Cross, said:

“We are delighted that the Friends Blood Taking Unit has made such a difference to the thousands of patients who have attended the unit every week since it opened.  All credit to the great team for the service they have delivered and it is great to know that they are now expanding and adapting the service to meet the demand which has increased significantly since the unit opened.”


There are over 30 blood test service locations in and around Coventry and Rugby.


Adult and children’s blood tests at the Hospital of St Cross and other centres can be booked here:


The opening times are as follows:


For pre-booked appointments for adults and children only:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 7am – 4:45pm (excluding bank holidays)
  • Wednesday: 7am – 7pm
  • Saturday: 7am – 10am


For walk-in appointments (adults only):

  • Monday – Friday only, excluding bank holidays: 8am – 4:45pm

(centre opens at 7:30am for booking in/waiting, first bloods taken at 8am)