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.
Blood Test Clinics
Unfortunately, we are no longer able to provide a blood test service at our Surgeries. If the Doctor or Nurse requests for you to have a blood test you can attend the following centres by walking in with your form.
The following Centres are open from the following times 08:00 to 16:45
Cobridge Community Health Centre, Church Terrace, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 2JN
Meir Primary Care Centre, Weston Road, Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 6AB
Bradwell Hospital, Talke road, Chesterton, Newcastle, Staffs, ST5 7NL.
Cobridge Community Health Centre, Church Terrace, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 2JN on WEDNESDAY only 08:00-18:45
Bradwell Hospital, Talke road, Chesterton, Newcastle, Staffs, ST5 7NL on MONDAY only 08:00 - 18:45
Children under 14 years old
Please note the walk in centres are unable to take blood test on children who are under 14 years old. Therefore if you child is under 14 and needs a blood test please phone the Hospital on 01782 675183 to book an appointment. Please note the lines are open from 09:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday.
Other Blood Clinics
For any other appointments for a blood test at various locations such as
Abbey Hulton, Burslem, Hanley, Tunstall, Bentilee and Kidsgrove please call 01782 674242 to book an appointment.