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 a 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.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
As well as patients having blood tests within the surgery patients are also able to go to Ipswich Hospital or Riverside Clinic in Landseer Road Ipswich IP3 0AZ.
Ipswich Hospital are open for patients to just drop in Monday to Friday 07.30 – 17.45 and for pre-bookable appointments on weekday afternoons from 14.20 – 16.55 and on Saturday mornings from 09.00 – 11.25.
Children age 5-16 can have blood tests at the hospital as can patients requiring INR blood tests but these are not available on Saturdays.
Riverside Clinic is open for patients to just call in Monday to Friday 07.45 – 17.30 or to pre-book on weekday afternoons from 14.00 – 16.55. Riverside Clinic only do child blood tests age 11 – 16.
To book an appointment at the Riverside Clinic, or a saturday appointment at the hospital call: 01473 703721