Blood Test

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Get the Blood Test in Birmingham

Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test.Most blood tests only take a few minutes to complete and are carried out at Your Local Pharmacy.

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For example, a blood test can be used to:

  • assess your general state of health
  • check if you have an infection
  • see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are working
  • screen for certain genetic conditions
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Preparing for a blood test

At Your Local Pharmacy we can arrange your blood test and will let you know whether there are any specific instructions you need to follow before your test such as:

  • Avoid eating or drinking anything (fasting) apart from water, for up to 12 hours
  • Stop taking certain medicines

It’s important to follow the instructions you’re given, as it may affect the result of the test and mean it needs to be delayed or carried out again.

What happens during a blood test?

A blood test usually involves taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm.
The arm is a convenient part of the body to use because it can be easily uncovered. The usual place for a sample to be taken from is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface.

Before taking the sample, the phlebotomist may clean the area of skin with an antiseptic wipe.

A needle attached to a syringe or special container is inserted into the vein. The syringe is used to draw out a sample of your blood. You may feel a slight pricking or scratching sensation as the needle goes in, but it shouldn’t be painful. If you don’t like needles and blood, tell the person who is taking the sample so they can make you more comfortable.

When the sample has been taken, the tourniquet will be released, and the needle will be removed. Pressure is applied to the skin for a few minutes using a cotton-wool pad. A plaster may be put on the small wound to keep it clean.

After the test

Only a small amount of blood is taken during the test so you shouldn’t feel any significant after-effects.

However, some people feel dizzy and faint during and after the test. If this has happened to you in the past, tell the person carrying out the test so they’re aware and can help you feel more comfortable.

After the test, you may have a small bruise where the needle went in. Bruises can be painful, but are usually harmless and fade over the next few days.

For more contact us:

238 Wheelwright Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B24 8EH

0121 377 8811

info@yourlocal-pharmacy.co.uk

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