Tests and Results
Phlebotomy Services / Eastleigh Southern Parishes Network (ESPN)
You are now able to have your blood test at any of the Practices in the locality:
- Blackthorn Health Centre - Tel: 023 8045 3110
- Bursledon Surgery - Tel: 02380 404 671
- Hedge End Medical Centre - Tel: 01489 785722
- St Lukes & Botley Surgeries - Tel: 01489 783422
- West End Surgery - Tel 023 8047 2126
To book an appointment, please contact your usual surgery, in the first instance.
We are also offering additional appointments as follows :
- Early morning appointments at Blackthorn Health Centre
- Evening appointments at Hedge End Medical Centre
- Saturday morning appointments alternately at Botley Health Centre
Find out more....
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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 website
If the doctor or nurse has asked you to provide a pathology sample e.g. urine, stool, sputum, these must be left at reception before 11.00am, Monday - Friday.
An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.
If you have a X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.
An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS website.