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Sheffield hospitals set up 'drive through' blood test service

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A drive through blood test service has been set up by teams at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals so vulnerable patients can have vital checks completed away from hospitals.

It is set to reduce the risk of infection and breaking social distancing guidance that people are faced with when attending appointments. The new service starts at 2pm today at the Sheffield Arena.

Patients will be contacted by their hospital or GP and given the choice of driving to the FlyDSA Arena car park where a large marquee has been set up. They will be called in and have samples taken from their cars by a specialist team. Results will be available to the hospital or GP by electronic reporting systems.

People who cannot use the drive through service will continue to have blood tests at the Hallamshire and Northern General Hospitals but with additional measures in place to limit the risk of transmission of infection.

A lot of our patients have compromised immune systems which makes them even more susceptible to infections like COVID-19. However their medical treatment means they need to have regular blood tests. This is particularly an issue for our patients who have cancer or other auto immune conditions. The last thing we want is to bring those patients into a busy waiting area or put them into contact with other people if it is not absolutely necessary.

The drive through blood testing service means we can continue to deliver this important part of their care without the risk of infection. Thanks to the support of the Fly DSA Arena, our teams have done an amazing job in developing the drive through blood test service in just a matter of days.

In these unprecedented times our staff and partners are using their creativity and expertise to come up with different ways to enable us to continue delivering the care people need wherever it is safe and appropriate to do so. It is incredible team work.

– Dr David Hughes, Medical Director, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

If patients are due to have a blood test in the coming weeks they do not need to contact the hospital. Those who can be offered the drive though service will be informed. All others should continue to attend their usual location for their blood test at the moment until the service is established.

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