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 a 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.
Beechfield Medical Centre does not undertake routine blood tests at the practice, other than those related to certain specific clinics. If a routine blood test is required, you will be given the appropriate forms at the surgery and advised to make arrangements with the Johnson Community Hospital in Spalding, who will process the test and send the sample to the laboratory for analysis.
The results of your blood test are then communicated direct to the practice electronically and will be available for your information as in the preceding page.