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Blood Tests


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.

Blood test Clinics during pandemic

Information updated 21.7.2020

Burnham Surgery by appointment Monday to Friday 8am to 2pm

Blood Tests are by appointment only for

Broomfield, St. Peters and St. Michaels

Patients booking line 01245 516 963

Current waiting times

Broomfield 13 days

St. Peters 7days

St. Michaels 7 days

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the
NHS Choices website.

 
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