What happens during a blood test?

14 March 2023

Does having a blood test make you nervous?

Let us take you through the process step by step with our quick guide below:

 

Arriving at one of our collection centres

When you arrive, you should have your paper request form and Medicare card.

At the entrance there will be a bell and numbered cards.

Ring the bell, take a number and make yourself comfortable in our waiting area.

 

Going in for your test

When it is your turn, your number will be called.

Our friendly team will guide you into one of the collection rooms and ask you to sit.

We will take your paper request form and verify your personal details with you, such as full name and date of birth.

 

Once you’re comfortable

After we’ve verified your details the phlebotomist will place a tight strap around your arm.

We may also ask you to make a fist.

 

Taking the blood

When we’ve located your vein a small needle will be placed into your arm.

This will feel like a slight scratch.

We will use this to collect your blood into one or more tubes and send them for analysis.

 

Finishing up!

Once we remove the needle, we will cover the area and apply pressure.

You may also be asked to apply pressure to the site before a band-aid or sticker is located and applied.

When this is done, you’re good to go and enjoy the rest of your day!

For best recovery tips after a blood test click here.

 

More questions?

If you are still unsure about what is required for your test, contact us on 08 8222 3000 or e-mail Health.SAPathologyCallCentre@sa.gov.au.

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