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Blood Tests

blood_tests_4A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:

  • assess your general state of health
  • confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
  • see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.

 

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.

There is a phlebotomy service available at the practice on the following days:

Monday 08.30-16.30 (lunch break 13.00-14.00)

Wednesday 09.00- 11.15

Thursday 09.00-11.00

Friday 08.30-16.30
(lunch break 13.00-14.00)

This is a walk-in service so please just turn up between the stated times above. When you arrive please take a ticket from the ticket machine and wait for your number to be called. If you have been asked to ‘fast’ please do not eat or drink (except water) in the 10 hours before the test. You can only have a blood test if you have a blood form from your GP.

(We CANNOT take bloods under 16 years old children on Wednesdays and Thursdays BUT WE CAN take on Mondays and Fridays)

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