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Blood Tests

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Our receptionists will normally book a single appointment (10 minute) for a blood test.

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. This most commonly happens at Bramble Day Case Unit at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.

Fasting Blood Tests

Our receptionists will normally book a single appointment (10 minute) for a fasting blood test and they will always try and make it early in the morning where possible.

In order that the blood test is viable you need to make sure that you don’t eat anything after 12am (midnight). You may still drink water and take your tablets.

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.

 
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