Tests and results

Blood tests

Arranging blood tests

If the Nurse or Doctor has suggested you have a blood test and given you a blood form, you can have the test carried out at the QE2 Hospital.

Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) Hospital
Howlands
Welwyn Garden City
AL7 4HQ

The Pathology Laboratory is just outside the main entrance.

Opening times - No appointment needed

Day

Time
Monday to Thursday08:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12 noon

Fasting blood tests

You may be asked to undergo a fasting blood test. Typical examples are for checking for diabetes or checking your cholesterol. In such cases you will need to take no food or drink for 12 hours before the test, except for water and your regular medication.

Sick notes/Medical certificates

Certificates for employers

Employees only need a fit note (sometimes called a sick note or medical certificate) from a doctor after 7 days off work sick (including non-working days). Hospital doctors or GPs can provide a fit note. They may charge a fee if the note is required before 7 days.

The purpose of this regulation is to avoid the necessity for employees with minor, self-limiting illness to use appointments with their doctor for the sole purpose of obtaining a medical certificate. We do not therefore issue certificates in these circumstances and a self-certification certificate should be handed to employers.

If an employer has reason to enquire about a spell of sickness, they are advised to write to the doctor, including written permission from the employee concerned and a report may be issued. A charge will be made for such a report.

Please refer to the government web pages for further information.

Certificates for the University

University of Hertfordshire students - if you are absent from University for less than 7 days, it has been agreed by the University authorities that they will accept a self-certification form to cover this period of absence. This is in order to reduce the demand on appointments and to encourage students to manage minor illnesses themselves.

Download our self-certification document.

Test results

Getting your test results

If you have had a blood test, microbiology test, x-ray, ultrasound etc arranged by the practice you will be expected to telephone for the result.

Test results are given out by Reception, either face-to-face, or on the UH Medical Centre number +44 (0)1707 284444 (or on internal phone extension 4444). Please telephone outside 11:00 - 14:00, as this is the busiest period at Reception.

Tests arranged by hospital doctors will typically be discussed with you at outpatients. Please do not ask us for these results unless you have been specifically told to.

Uno buses, route 653, travels from de Havilland campus to the QEII hospital, further details of the route can be found on the UNO bus website.