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.
BLOOD TESTS AT THE SURGERY OR WEST BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Appointments for blood tests are available in our phlebotomy clinics only. These are held on Tuesday and Friday mornings at Kintbury Surgery and Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings at Woolton Hill Surgery.
If you would prefer to have your blood taken at a different time you may use the phlebotomy service at West Berkshire Community Hospital.
You will need to take a form for your blood test with you. The hospital is now operating an appointments system for blood tests. The number to ring is
01635 273343 or you can book online here https://wbch.sangix.co.uk