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.
As part of the new Scottish GP contract with Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board the phlebotomy service is being moved from GP surgeries to central locations.
Our preferred location will be The Community Centre for Health, 547 Dumbarton Road, Partick, Glasgow or Plean Street Clinic.
We will be starting to direct patients to this service. To book a blood appointment at this location you will be advised by your GP, Nurse or by letter to telephone 0141 355 1525 between 8:30-4:30, they will take your name and CHI number and arrange your appointment at a suitable time. Appointments will be available Monday – Friday 8.45am – 4.15pm.
If attending The Community Centre for Health is too difficult you will still be able to make your phlebotomy appointment at the surgery with the HCA in the mornings.