Blood test appointments are available each morning from 0800-0930 with our Practice Nurse. We only undertake blood tests if the doctor here or your consultant has asked for them. We can only take bloods at this time as they have to be transferred to Guernsey on the morning flight in order to be processed.

How can I learn more about my blood test?

Your GP or the Practice Nurse will be happy to discuss your blood tests with you and explain what they are for.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for my blood test?

No. The GP or nurse will tell you if there are any special instructions that you need to follow before your test. Occasionally, depending on the type of blood test you may be asked to:

  • Avoid eating or drinking anything (except water) after midnight prior to the test. This is called a fasting blood test and helps avoid food and drink you have consumed affecting the result.
  • Sometimes you will be advised to avoid certain foods such as meat, or caffeine in tea or coffee before your blood test
  • Stop taking certain medication prior to the test. This would only be done if there is a chance that one of your medicines might affect the result.
  • If you have a phobia of needles or have difficulty giving a blood sample, please let the nurse or GP know. They will be sympathetic and will do their best to support you through the experience.

What happens during a blood test?

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. More information about the process of having a blood test is available on the NHS website.

How will I feel after my blood test?

Only a small amount of blood is taken during the test so you shouldn’t feel any significant side effects. However some people feel dizzy or faint and if this happens you should tell the nurse or GP carrying out the test so that they can make you feel comfortable. You may also have a small bruised area on your skin where the needle went in but this will soon go.