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 your doctor will explain why they are adivsed for you.
A blood test usually involves the Health Care Assistant taking a blood sample from a vein in your arm. The usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow where the veins are relatively close to the surface.
Blood tests for very young children may be done at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford and your doctor will prescribe a local anaesthetic cream to put on an hour before the test, to numb the skin.
You can find out more about blood tests, how they are performed and their function by the visiting the NHS Choices website.
You can view your blood test results on-line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your doctor will have seen these results and made any necessary comment or recommendation. Alternatively please contact your doctor's secretary; afternoons are generally quieter than mornings.
Please note that we have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and Data Protection. In this respect we will only give out test results to the person they relate to unless you have told us beforehand that we may give them to someone else.