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Children under 10 years old

Children under 10 years old

Taking blood from babies and young children can be difficult. This is due to their small veins and also the fact they don’t always understand what is happening or why.

In order to make this experience as easy as we can, we only take blood from under 10s when two Phlebotomists are present.

Note: If you choose to apply Emla cream (local anaesthetic) to your child’s arms prior to testing, please apply to the inside of the elbows of both arms one hour prior to your appointment. Emla cream can be purchased from most pharmacies.

It is best to make an appointment online prior to your visit. This helps to reduce waiting time and anxiety before your appointment. Please make a double booking online for children under 10. You can book by following this link.  

Some clinics may not be able to see children at certain times due to staffing availability. Suitable clinics and the recommended time to make a booking are here:

Collection CentreAddressUnder 10 collection times
Ashburton120 Burnett StMon to Fri: 8.30 am – 4.15 pm
Barrington14-18 Athelstan StMon to Fri: 7.30 am – 4.00 pm
Sat: 8.00 am – 11.00 am
Hornby7 Witham StMon to Fri: 7.30 am – 4.00 pm
Linwood1/197 Linwood AveMon to Fri: 7.30 am – 4.00 pm
Sat: 8.00 am – 11.00 am
Northfield60 Langdons RdMon to Fri: 7.30 am – 4.30 pm
Sat: 8.00 am – 11.00 am
Riccarton3B Waimairi RdMon to Fri: 7.30 am – 4.00 pm
Sat: 8.00 am-11.00 am
Rangiora77 High StMon to Fri: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm

The collection centres at St George’s Hospital, Forte Health, Kaiapoi and New Brighton are unable to provide services for children under 10 years.