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.
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.