Phlebotomy

Phlebotomy includes the taking of blood for medical tests. If you are looking to arrange a blood test for yourself, you can do so by buying a testing kit online, or obtain one from your healthcare provider. Then book a phlebotomy appointment here at the clinic, where our phlebotomist can do the essential blood collection needed for your tests, and ensure your blood samples are sent to the relevant specialist for testing. You can also request centrifuge – for samples requiring ‘spinning’. Venesection is also available.
I have my blood kit ready – do I need to do anything else before booking in?
Whether you’ve been given your blood kit by your medical provider, or you have bought one online to be delivered to your door, once this is in your possession just book in your blood-draw appointment with us. Just remember to bring your blood-draw kit with you, along with any accompanying paperwork you have been given.
Can I book a blood test if I don't have a testing kit?

Yes – if you are aware of the specific blood tests you need or have received recommendations, we can facilitate the process. Your blood sample will be collected and sent to an accredited external laboratory for testing. You can expect to receive the results within a couple of days.

I have an NHS request form from my GP/hospital but want my appointment sooner – can you help?
Currently, we do not offer appointments for NHS-requested blood tests. However, we are actively working towards collaborating with the NHS to accommodate urgent requests in the future.
How long does the appointment take?

10-15 minutes for a blood draw, with centrifuge 45 minutes.

Does it hurt?

Typically, undergoing a blood test should result in only a mild sensation, like a slight pinprick when the needle first touches the skin. If you have any worries or anxieties, to talk to your phlebotomist who is here to help you.

What is Venesection?

Also known as therapeutic phlebotomy or bloodletting, Venesection is a medical procedure where approximately 450ml of blood is removed from a person’s body to bring therapeutic benefits for specific medical conditions. These include conditions such as hemochromatosis (iron build-up), polycythaemia (elevated red blood cell concentration), or hormone therapies such as testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

The body will naturally replenish the plasma within 48 hours, with red cells replaced within four to eight weeks.

How can I prepare for Venesection?
  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to the procedure.
  • Wear Comfortable Clothing: that is loose and allows easy access to the arm.
  • Eat Well: have a light meal before the procedure to avoid light-headedness.
What happens at the Venesection appointment?

Your phlebotomist will explain the procedure, addressing any concerns or questions you may have. You will be seated comfortably, and the arm chosen for the procedure will be cleaned and prepared. A sterile needle will be inserted into a vein in your arm. You may feel a brief pinch or sting, then the blood will be collected for therapeutic purposes. After blood collection, a bandage will be applied to the site to prevent bleeding and bruising.

What should I do after the appointment?
  • Rest: Take a few minutes to rest after the procedure. Sit or lie down as needed.
  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to help replenish lost volume.
  • Avoid Strenuous Activities: Refrain from heavy lifting or strenuous activities on the day of the procedure.
  • Observation: Your phlebotomist will monitor you for any immediate adverse reactions.
Are there any risks?

Venesection is generally safe, with serious side effects unlikely. However, as with any medical procedure, there are associated risks, including:

  • Bruising: Mild bruising at the needle insertion site is common and should subside within a few days.
  • Light-headedness: It’s normal to feel lightheaded immediately after the procedure. Rest and adequate hydration usually alleviate this sensation.

Uncommon risks may include:

  • Infection from bacteria carried into the bloodstream by the needle.
  • Nerve damage, resulting in temporary or permanent numbness, tingling, burning, or pain.
How many Venesection sessions will I need?

This depends on your specific condition, blood count, and your doctor’s recommendation. Some people may only require a single Venesection on a short-term basis, while others may undergo frequent sessions over an extended period.

How long does Venesection take?

Your Venesection appointment will usually last from 30-45 minutes.

How much does it cost?
Blood test: £40 Blood test with centrifuge: £75 Venesection: £90
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