Book or change your blood test appointment

You can book your Mater Hospital blood test appointment either online or over the phone.

Online

Online appointments are managed through a system called swiftqueue. Swiftqueue is used by a large number of hospitals in Ireland. 

Book blood test ordered by GP

Book blood test ordered by Mater Hospital consultant

Login to swiftqueue to cancel/edit your appointment

By phone

To book your blood test appointment by phone please call (01) 291 0181, Mon - Fri 8 am-4 pm. Calls are charged at normal local rate within the 01 area.

You can also call this number to cancel or reschedule your appointment.


Coming in for your appointment

Where do I go?

Blood testing is located in the Whitty Wing, Level 1. The best entrance to use is the Whitty entrance on North Circular Road. When you come in, take the escalator or lift to Level 1. Walk down the main corridor ("Hospital Street") and you will see signs for "Phlebotomy (blood tests)" which is on the left hand side.  

What do I do when I get there?

When you arrive, please take a ticket from the machine and have a seat. We will then call the number on your ticket so that we can register you. Please note, all patients need to take a ticket, even though they have made an appointment. This is so that we know that you have arrived.

After you have registered, you will be asked to take a seat in the waiting area. The phlebotomist (person who carries out the test) will then call you in to do the test. 

We try to make sure that you are seen as close to your appointment time as possible, but sometimes there can be a delay. However, we will ensure that patients are seen in the order of their appointment time.

Things to note

  • If your doctor has asked you to fast for your blood test, don't eat or drink anything except water for 12 hours before the test.
  • Blood tests are carried out by phlebotomists. Please tell the phlebotomist if you had any previous problems with blood tests, for example, feeling faint.
  • Tell the phlebotomist if you are taking any blood thinning medications. These include warfarin or aspirin. Your doctor or nurse may ask you to stop taking certain medication before your test.

What does a blood test involve?

The staff member carrying out the test (phlebotomist) will place a needle into one of the blood vessels in the inside of your elbow or the back of your hand. You will feel a sharp pinch as the needle goes in. This isn't usually too painful.

They take your blood sample, remove the needle and then apply a cotton wool pad to the site of the needle puncture.

Most blood tests only take a few minutes to complete.

If you don't like needles and injections, please tell the phlebotomist. They will try to make you feel more comfortable.

How do I get the results?

The results of your blood test will be sent to the doctor who ordered it. This could be your GP or a consultant at the hospital.