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 may also be taken from the back of the hand. With young children an area may need to be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
Please note that it can take upto 1 week for a blood result to be returned and interpreted.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
for the local community blood clinics.
Blood Clinics Update 06/04/2020Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) there are some changes to how Lancashire Teaching Hospitals will deliver your Phlebotomy services. All blood tests will now be by appointment only from Tuesday 24th March 2020 until further notice. Please telephone your local clinic to book an appointment for your blood test.
Blood ClinicsDue to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) there are some changes to how Lancashire Teaching Hospitals will deliver your Phlebotomy services. All blood tests will now be by appointment only from Tuesday 24th March 2020 until further notice. The only clinics available to book in to are noted below:Please telephone your local clinic to book an appointment for your blood test. Minerva Health Centre (Lowthorpe Rd, Deepdale, PR1 6SB)01772 777600/777606The Healthport (Vicarage Lane, Fulwood, PR2 8DW)01772 520230/520231/520232Ashton Health Centre (Pedders Lane, Ashton-On-Ribble, PR2 1HR)01772 777160Brookfield Clinic (19 Croasdale Ave, Brookfield)01772 777474Geoffrey Street Clinic (Geoffrey St, PR1 5NE) 01772 777300