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 Nurse or Health Care Assistant 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.
Need a blood test?
There is a drop in clinic on the top floor of St Pauls Medical Centre, open from 8:00. Note it is based on a first come, first serve basis. We advise you attend as early as possible to avoid being turned away
There is also a drop in clinic in Cheltenham General Hospital from 08:30 - 16:30 in West Block Outpatients