"Baby Blood Test waiting time is 1 month"

About: Hillingdon Hospital

My son(1 year old) was pooing with blood traces for a month now and it started with traces. Now, I can see the blood coming out literally and GP recommended this hospital for a blood test. When I called book an appointment for a blood test they gave me an appointment after a month! When I asked for clarification they said Adults can walkin for blood test but, babies has to book an appointment. I found this is very strange, babies need urgent care. As my son bleeding gets worse by day, not sure how will it be after a month. Any better explanations?

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Response from Hillingdon Hospital

We are sorry to hear that you have been given an appointment in a months time for the phlebotomy service. Wendy ward does operate a booking system for non urgent children's blood test, and covers the whole borough of Hillingdon. There is one phlebotomist and it is an extremely busy service which means at times there can be a delay. We aim to see all children as soon as possible. The adult services consists of a number of phlebotomists which therefore allows them the flexibility to offer a walk in service. All our local GPs are aware of how the children's phlebotomy service is provided and they will make the decision if the blood test is urgent or not. If they deem the test to be urgent the referral pathway would be either through our children's accident and emergency department or through an urgent referral to our paediatric out patients department. I think it is important that you discuss your ongoing concerns with your GP who will make a decision about whether your son needs a referral to the paediatric team at the hospital.

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