Blood Lab Tests
What to expect in a blood lab test?
If you are required to visit the practice to have a blood lab test, then the process is very straightforward. To give you an idea of what to expect, we have listed the most likely outcome below:
- When you enter the clinic room, the medical professional doing the test will introduce themselves and double check your personal details and the tests that need to be done.
- The medical specialist will then wash their hands and put on gloves.
- They will then expose your arm and place a tighten a tourniquet around your arm. This is an elasticated rubber band which helps make the veins more visible.
- Next, the specialist will identify a suitable vein, then wipe the area clean with an alcohol-based substance.
- When it comes to the blood collection process, the specialist will insert a small needle into your pre-identified vein.
- Whilst this is being conducted you will notice blood being collected into a closed tube.
- When the tubes are full, the specialist will then release the tourniquet, remove the needle gently and then apply pressure on the site that the blood was collected from.
- A plaster is then applied onto the injection site to prevent infections.
- Once the tubes are correctly labelled, these are sent off to the lab for testing.
- The above end-to-end process should take no longer than 10-15 minutes, meaning that you will be able to fit the blood lab test into a busy schedule.
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How long does it take to receive the results from my blood lab test?
Depending on what type of blood test is being conducted, timings can vary. The results for the most common blood tests are usually available after 24 hours, but more complex and specific tests might require a longer time.