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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.


Please be advised that you will be asked to attend West Berkshire Community Hospital (WBCH) for blood tests.

Phlebotomy is not part of GP core services and as such provision for patients in Newbury & District CCG has been made for this service at WBCH.

We provide a very limited in-house service for patients that have a serious difficulty, as assessed by a clinician, in attending WBCH and for some specific long term condition reviews. Our appointments in-house are in very short supply and unfortunately we do not have the resource to extend this service routinely for all patients.

To book an appointment at WBCH

Please contact the phlebotomy department on 01635 273343 or book online at

You must take your blood form with you to your appointment.

If urgent blood tests have been requested by your GP this will have been noted on your blood form and you will be able to attend WBCH without an appointment.

Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.

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