White House Farm only do blood tests in a morning due to designated collection times, if you need a blood appointment in an afternoon Doncaster Royal Infirmary provide a blood test service until 5pm each weekday, if you wish to have a test done at the hospital you will need to get a blood test form from reception. NOTE all blood tests have to be approved by a GP or clinician before the test can be taken.
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.