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Healthcare has become complicated involving many disciplines; i.e. GP, A&E, 111, Physio, Link Workers, Pharmacists, NHS Choices etc. and due to increasing and changing demand we need to develop our reception staff to ensure that our patients receive the correct care from the right professional.

Our reception staff are helping us to ensure that patients are directed to the right person at the right time in the right place. To achieve this our staff will ask everyone why they want to see the doctor, nurse or health care assistant. Our reception staff are receiving training for this directional role and we hope that all our patients will support us in this change; which will benefit us all. Dr Solway

Blood Tests

blood_tests_4A 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.

 
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