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This page was last updated: November 7th, 2022

Blood tests, why and how?

Your GP or hospital outpatient clinic may wish to request a blood for you. This blood test may be for monitoring, medication, or routine check-up purposes.

To obtain a blood sample this will involve attending a phlebotomy clinic so that a sample of your blood can be sent to the Pathology laboratory for testing.

When you attend the clinic, the phlebotomist will call you into a clinic room and after confirming your identity will take blood from a vein in your arm with a small needle into a blood bottle. Once the blood bottle (or bottles- dependant on the types of blood test required) is full, the needle will be removed.

If you have any concerns, are nervous or feel unwell before or after having your blood tests done, then please Inform the Phlebotomists.

If you are needle phobic and anxious, please also make the Phlebotomists aware prior to be seen to enable us to provide reassurance.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for a blood test?

If you need to fast (not eat) before your blood test, your doctor will let you know if this is required.

Booking your Blood test

You can book your appointment please use the link boxes below.

Once your appointment is booked, please ensure you bring your booking confirmation (email, text message or letter) along with you to your appointment.

If you are unable to attend the appointment you can cancel or rearrange by clicking the link in your booking confirmation email

Booking your blood test West Cornwall Hospital, Phlebotomy Clinic Room Out-Patients Dep

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