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.
Please remember to contact the surgery for your blood test results 5 days after you have given the blood sample.
The telephone lines are very busy at the start of the day with people making and cancelling appointments. To allow for these important calls please only ring or call in person between 11:00 and 16:00. If you ring before 11am you will be requested to call back between the above times.
Results will only be given to the patient and not to relatives for reasons of confidentiality. The receptionist will only be able to state that the result is either normal or that you will have to see the doctor or nurse. Please do not expect the receptionist to have any other information regarding the test.
Phlebotomy Clinics (Blood taking) - this service is not managed by Rainford HC. It is a North West Borough's Service and times may change at short notice. Please refer to NWB website. Any complaints about this service, times etc should be directed to North West Borough's NHS Trust.
Rainford Health Centre -Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am to 10.30am No Appointment Necessary
Lowe House Health Centre – Monday to Friday 8am to 11.15am No Appointment Necessary
St Helens Hospital – Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm No Appointment Necessary
St Helens Walk-in Centre – Saturday 8am to 11am No Appointment Necessary