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.

TESTS REQUIRING PATIENTS TO FAST OVERNIGHT  Fasting Glucose & Lipids (Triglycerides, HDL, LDL). The fasting period should be from 10pm until after the blood test has been taken. During the fasting period only water and normal medication should be taken.

Please book yourself in for a blood test through:


Email: (You must state full name, DOB, contact number and preferred site).


Barking and Dagenham- 0300 300 1704, Havering- 0300 555 1045

Walk-In clinic: 

Forest Medical Centre, Old Station Rd, Loughton IG10 4PE (Monday - Friday: 08:00-12:30) Telephone: 020 8535 6888 

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Following your blood test you should wait 14 days for the results. Please call on 020 8554 3014 / 0208 554 6287 between 10:00-13:00 for your results. Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on results therefore it is your responsibility to discuss with clinical staff (clinical pharmacist, nurse, health care assistant) and make any necessary follow-up appointment with the doctor.

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