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Phlebotomy (taking blood)

Blood tests are taken for many different reasons - for example, to:

  • Help diagnose certain conditions, or to rule them out if symptoms suggest possible conditions.
  • Monitor the activity and severity of certain conditions. For example, a blood test may help to see if a condition is responding to treatment.
  • Check the body's functions such as liver and kidney function when you are taking certain medicines which may cause side-effects.

Phlebotomy clinics are run each morning by one of our trained phlebotomists who take blood samples and prepare them for sending off to the laboratory for testing.  As blood can be tested for many different things, you may see your blood added to blood bottles of different sizes and colours.

The most common blood tests are:

  • Full blood count - checks for anaemia and other conditions which affect the blood cells.
  • Kidney function.
  • Liver function.
  • Blood sugar (glucose) level.
  • Blood clotting tests.
  • Tests for inflammation.
  • Blood cholesterol level.
  • Immunology - such as checking for antibodies to certain viruses and germs (bacteria).
  • Blood grouping.
  • Thyroid function.

Your Doctor will decide if you require a blood test taken and will ask you to book an appointment at reception before leaving the Practice. 

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