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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.


Arranging your GP Blood Test in South Manchester

After listening to patients' experiences and feedback about routine and urgent GP blood testing services, NHS Manchester have made the process easier for you.

From the 10th January 2011 the following choices are available in South Manchester to have your routine and urgent blood taken.

Choice 1

Book an appointment at your GP surgery with a phlebotomist.

Choice 2

Telephone 0800 092 4020 to book an appointment at one of the following venues:

  • Withington Community Hospital
  • Forum Health, Wythenshawe
  • Wythenshawe Hospital
  • Burnage Health Centre

Please note this is an appointment only service.

For general information and advice about local NHS services, please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0161 219 9451 or



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