If you need a blood test we will arrange for you to attend a clinic, at the surgery, where you will be cared for by a qualified, experienced phlebotomist.
Your blood sample will be sent to a pathology laboratory for testing.
Blood tests are one of the most common types of medical test and they have a wide range of uses. 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, kidney or pancreas are functioning.
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a vessel in your arm. The usual place for a sample to be taken is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where 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.