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.
For children under the age of 16 an appointment needs to be made at Hillingdon Hospital Wendy Ward on telephone number 01895 279530.
For Adults over 16 tests can be taken at Uxbridge Health Centre by prior appointment, please book with our receptionist. On the form it may ask for a fasting test therefore you should not eat or drink (apart from sips of water) for 12 hours before your test or have alcohol for 24 hours prior to the test..
Appointments are available for fasting between 08.00-08.20 and routine tests 11.30-11.50 alternativley Hillingdon Hospital have a walk in service between 08.00-4.30. These service are available Monday - Friday.
The surgery will contact you only if an abnormality has shown up on your results. Please feel free to call us for the results but allow 2-3 days from the date of the test.
Results can now be sent via a text message please ensure we have the correct mobile number for you.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.