Blood tests can only be requested by either a Health Professional at the Surgery or via secondary care - ie Hospital. Patients cannot book in for blood tests on their own accord.
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.
MERCHEFORD HOUSE PROTOCOL FOR TAKING BLOOD IN CHILDREN
All Children aged 5 and under who require venepuncture should be referred to the local paediatric unit of the parents choice for this to be undertaken.
Children aged between 6 and 16 an appointment should be made with the practice nurse in the Treatment Room. Ensure that a prescription has been raised for Emla and the parents are aware of the instructions. The appointment should be made for 20 minutes. The nurse will assess the child during this appointment and blood will be taken by the nurse if appropriate; if she thinks that it would be best to be done at the local paediatric unit she will make the arrangements and inform the parents.
** Emla 5% cream 1 pack of 5 grams. Apply as directed.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.