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
- monitoring of chronic illness or medications
- see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
- check for sexual health blood borne virus ie Hep B, Hep C and HIV (any patient can request these)
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. The usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface.
General Information about Test Results
Please remember that the staff can only act in accordance with the Doctor's instructions so may not be able to give you a result. This does not necessarily mean that there is a problem but simply that the Doctor needs to see you or talk to you to explain the whole situation.
Test results can only be given to a third party providing we have the express written consent of the patient beforehand.
The results of tests carried out during hospital visits are not normally sent to the practice.
Results for patients aged over 12 years old can only be given to the patient.
Specimens should be handed in as early in the day as possible. Please ensure your name and date of birth are on the container.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.