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.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
You can book appointments at one of the local clinics held either in Central Canvey Primary Care Centre (ground floor) or Canvey NHS Out-Patients Centre (173a Long Road), or at a hospital run clinic.
Telephone 01702 746065 between 8am and 5pm to book your appointment stating which clinic you prefer. Opening times and available clinics are shown on the Southend Hospital website. You must take your blood test request form with you otherwise the phlebotomist will not be able to perform the test.