Reduced services due to Covid-19
Together with the rest of the NHS, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is preparing for the unprecedented demands of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. During this time, your care may change a little, for example it may be delivered in a different way, or may have to be postponed for a while. We will try to explain why we have to take these steps below.
As a result of the outbreak, we are prioritising the care we normally provide, and some services will be restricted or closed. We will be writing to patients who are affected. If you were expecting to attend one of our clinics in the next few days and have not received a letter, please phone the number provided on your original appointment letter to confirm whether you should still attend.
To see whether one of our services is affected please click here: https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/service-update/
Our Children and Young Persons Community Phlebotomy Service provides a phlebotomy (blood sample taking) provision to all 0 to 16 year olds registered with a GP within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It is committed to delivering a high quality phlebotomy service for children who require routine, urgent and fasting bloods.
The service accommodates individuals with a wide range of physical and emotional needs. The team includes experienced phlebotomists, a play specialist support worker (who has an important role in guiding children and young people through the procedure, helping to distract them where necessary), and administrators who manage referrals and book appointments.
We see children and young people aged 0-16 years. The Children’s Phlebotomy Service only accepts referrals from GPs or paediatricians who require blood sampling for investigation or follow up purposes. All children need to be accompanied by the person who has legal responsibility for the child. This is to gain consent for treatment.
Who to contact if you need an interpreter or information about disabled access
Request for interpreter involvement should be made at the point of referral by the GP. You will also be asked if you require an interpreter when booking the appointment over the telephone. The interpreter will then be contacted by the phlebotomy admin team to inform them of the date, time and venue for their attendance.