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.

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You can also book your blood test at the hospital?

If you need your blood test urgently or are unable to get one at the Practice within the timeframe you are looking for, you can book a test through The Phlebotomy Service at Hampshire Hospitals.

It’s an appointment-only service (no walk-ins) and patients can find full details and sign up and create an account to the online booking system at: hampshirehospitals.nhs.uk and search for Blood Tests.

They also have a telephone booking line. 01256 314751 9.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

 
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