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Blood Tests

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 Choices website.


Have difficulty attending appointments during normal surgery opening hours?

Blood tests are now available in the evenings and at weekends through the Extended Hours service.

To book an appointment please call 0300 123 7743.

Please be aware that you will need to collect a test request form from Northgate Village Surgery in advance.


Phlebotomy at the Countess of Chester Hospital

You can have your blood taken in Outpatients 3 at the Countess of Chester Hospital.  There is a walk-in facility at CoCH which is open Monday to Friday 7.30am – 5.50pm.

You can now also use the new online booking service to book a blood test appointment at the Countess of Chester Hospital. To use this service, go to: www.coch.nhs.uk/blood-test-booking

Please be aware that you will need to collect a test request form from Northgate Village Surgery in advance.


Blood Tests for Children & Young People

If anyone under 12 requires a blood test, this must be done at Paediatric Outpatients at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
This is not a drop-in service, so please telephone 01244 365082 to book an appointment.

If anyone aged 12 to 16 requires a blood test, this can either be done here at the Practice or at the Countess of Chester Phlebotomy service.

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