How can I learn more about my blood test?
Your GP will be happy to discuss your blood tests with you and explain what they are for. If you would like to know more, you can visit the NHS website and learn about some of the most widely used blood tests.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for my blood test?
No. The GP or nurse will tell you if there are any special instructions that you need to follow before your test. Occasionally, depending on the type of blood test you may be asked to:
- Avoid eating or drinking anything (except water) before midnight prior to the test. This is called a fasting blood test and helps avoid food and drink you have consumed affecting the result.
- Stop taking certain medication prior to the test. This would only be done if there is a chance that one of your medication might affect the result of the test.
If you have a phobia of needles or have difficulty giving a blood sample, please let the nurse or GP know. They will be sympathetic and will do their best to support you through the experience.
What happens during a blood test?
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. More information about the process of having a blood test is available on the NHS website.
How will I feel after my blood test?
Only a small amount of blood is taken during the test so you shouldn’t feel any significant side effects. However some people feel dizzy or faint and if this happens you should tell the nurse or GP carrying out the test so that they can make you feel comfortable. You may also have a small bruised area on your skin where the needle went in but this will soon go.
Blood Test Appointments
Please be aware that as of January 2022 all routine bloods tests for The Adam Practice will now be taken in Boots – the Dolphin centre in Poole. Our clinics are based inside the Healthcare clinic within Boots Chemist on the first floor; it is separate from the hospital healthcare service recently set up in Beales. The premises in the Dolphin Centre already provides a variety of planned NHS community services and by being able to utilise this dedicated space, it helps to increase phlebotomy capacity and release pressure on the demands on the practice estates to allow for provision of other clinical services.
All Appointments MUST be pre-booked via the surgery and to cancel or change your appointment please call your own surgery, do not contact Boots Healthcare directly. For those patients who are elderly or frail, we will still be able to offer an appointment at the practice. Pre diabetic bloods will also be offered at the practice.
INR bloods will continue to be taken at the hospital and the same for any blood tests requested by a hospital consultant.