If your doctor asks you to have a blood test, please make an appointment at reception to see the phlebotomists.
Our Healthcare Assistants run clinics most mornings from 08:30 -11:30.
If your doctor has asked you to come back to discuss the blood test result, please allow ten days between having the blood taken and seeing your doctor again.
Fasting Blood Tests
Sometimes your doctor may ask for a fasting blood test (usually for cholesterol and/or blood sugar). If you are asked to have one of these tests, please make the appointment with the nurse early in the morning surgery so that you can fast overnight. You should have nothing to eat or drink other than water for at least 12 hours before the blood test and you should also refrain from taking exercise or smoking.
About Blood Tests
A 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..