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.
Local Hospital Blood Test Appointments
To make an appointment for a blood test at the North Hampshire hospital please telephone 01256 314751.
This is for blood tests requested by a GP or hospital consultant.
The booked appointment times are 8.00 - 15.00.
Patients can walk in without an appointment but the timings are different. You need to arrive from 7.30 to be seen from 8.00 until 16.45 but they cannot guarantee to see patients who arrive after 15.30.
Lab Test Information
Lab Tests Online-Uk
Lab Tests Online-UK is written by practising laboratory doctors and scientists to help the public understand the many clinical laboratory tests that are used in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. The about this site page describes how the site can help you. Search under conditions and diseases and find information on laboratory tests used for particular diagnosis and/or management or alternatively, if you know the test name, just search under tests.