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.
Blood tests, by appointment, are carried out at Broomfield Hospital, Level 1, Area 110, Chelmsford.CM17ET or Chelmsford Central Health Hub, Duke’s Walk, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1GZ..
To make an appointment call the Phlebotomy booking line on 01245 516963 (Monday to Friday) or book online at https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/midessex.php
All locations are closed for blood tests on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Patients referred for blood tests by their GP or another health professional can attend any of the phlebotomy areas at the sites shown.
Homocysteine, lupus thrombophilia screen and some other special blood tests can only be performed at Broomfield hospital
The phlebotomy areas are particularly busy when they first open, so you are advised to attend after 10am if possible.
For further information; www.meht.nhs.uk/services/a-z-of-clinical-services/b-services/blood-tests/
or ring the Phlebotomy information line on 01245 513150 including guidance for fasting patients and those requiring a glucose tolerance test.
FASTING TESTS Glucose and cholesterol checks are best done ‘fasting’ – this means nothing to eat for 12 hours prior or overnight except water and no drinks with milk or sugar added.
If your doctor has not requested to see you again, please always telephone the surgery for your blood test results. We rely on you to do this, as we may not have up to date contact details to inform you of any abnormal results.
Please do not contact Christchurch for results.
As mornings are very busy, we ask you to ring the surgery after 11 am (01245 347539 choose option 2 for results).
Patients with access to their Online Detailed Coded Record are able to view their test results via the Surgery Online service. Please contact Reception if you require further information about this service.
Please leave a full calendar week before ringing as some results take a little longer to process
Please check you have the results of all your tests