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Coronavirus: If you suspect that you have Coronavirus please DO NOT visit the surgery. Please firstly read the advice published by Public Health NI. A link to their website is as follows https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus If you still have concerns, are symptomatic and have travelled to one of the high risk areas please contact us by telephone on the usual number or if you have returned from one of the listed countries (as per Public Health) and are asymptomatic or just want advice please contact 111 - this service is available 24 hours a day.

Please also only visit our treatment room/bloods room if you really need to.

We are now able to contact our patients by SMS Text message. If you would like to sign up for this service please complete and return a consent form. Consent forms are attached SMS Text consent form or alternatively you can get one from reception.

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.

 
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