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 http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/blood-tests/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Booking an appointment for Blood test
Herschel Patients- you can book through the appointments line or at the Reception desk. This is a shared resource with Wexham Park Phlebotomist and we are limited to the number of appointments we have for our own patients.
External Patients: You will need to call the dedicated number at Wexham Park Hospital if they want to book for bloods to be taken at Herschel. The number is 01753 633472 and is available from 8.00-12.00pm, alternatively they can visit:
Wexham Park Hospital, Slough: Monday to Friday 7.30am-5pm.
Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot: Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm. Closed 10.30-10.45am and 1-1.30pm.
St Mark's Hospital, Maidenhead: Monday to Friday 8.30am-1pm. Closed 10.30-10.45am and 1-1.30pm Wednesday and Thursday.
Kind Edward VII Hospital, Maidenhead: Monday to Friday 8.30am-1pm, with extended hours to 4.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday. Closed 10.30-10.45am and 1-1.30pm Wednesday and Thursday.