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.
A blood test has to be requested by a clinician at the surgery, you cannot just book an appointment for a blood test unless you have been asked to do so by the surgery. If you feel you require a blood test please contact the surgery and we will make an appointment for you to see a healthcare professional who will then request a blood test if they feel it is necessary to do so.
Bloods for under 16’s are not done at the surgery. If you are booking a blood test for a child under 16 years of age you will need to phone the Children’s Community Nursing Team on 463190, they offer appointments at different health centres across Bolton. You will need to collect a blood form and a prescription for the special cream and plasters before your appointment with the Children’s Community Nursing Team.
Once you have had a blood test taken please wait 3-4 working days before contacting the surgery for the results. We will contact you if you need to come in to discuss the results so it important that your contact details are updated on a regular basis.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.