Work on new and improved blood taking unit at St Cross expected to start soon

Nell Jones with a patient at St Cross
Nell Jones with a patient at St Cross

The location of the new and improved charity-funded blood taking unit at the town’s hospital has been announced.

The phlebotomy section of St Cross will be moved to the former Mulberry ward, which will have easier access than the original planned location, the former Hawthorn ward.

This means the Trust can make better use of Hawthorn ward as it expand the services at the hospital.

Work is expected to start soon. The Friends of St Cross has been raising thousands of pounds to fund the relocation and improvements to the blood taking service and it is aiming to reach £60,000 by the end of its Diamond Jubilee year.

More information about the new plans and the project timeline will be published on the Friends’ website when they become available and will be reported at the charity’s annual general meeting on June 23 and the Benn Hall.

The Friends is continuing to donate equipment to the Hospital of St Cross and the latest gift of sturdy chairs will help patients when visiting the Barby Road site.

Volunteers at the Day Surgery Help Desk had noticed some folding wheelchairs and chairs had been taken home by patients and not returned.

But the new chairs cannot be folded and are clearly labelled as property of St Cross.

For more information about the Friends, the blood taking unit plans, and the Diamond Jubilee Appeal, go to