FAQ PHLEBOTOMY/ BLOOD TEST

FAQ'S

Which test should I choose?

you should choose the test that is right for your needs, symptoms and health concerns. Details of the health biomarkers included in each test can be found on the test pages on our website. If you want an all-round health test, we recommend the Well Woman or Well Man tests which provide the widest range of biomarkers and the best value to check numerous areas of your health.

The procedure is performed by a trained member of staff, usually a phlebotomist. All phlebotomists at all of our sites are trained to the same very high standard, by our Network Phlebotomy Training Supervisor. An elasticated strap / cuff (tourniquet) is placed around your arm just above the elbow, the area is cleaned and then a small needle is inserted into a vein on the inner arm. Blood is withdrawn into sample tube(s) and the needle is then removed. Pressure is applied at the site with a piece of gauze until the bleeding has stopped and then a small plaster is applied. Please tell the person taking the blood if you are allergic to sticking plasters

How does the service work?

Other tests require a larger volume of blood to check for more biomarkers. These need to be obtained via a blood sample taken from your vein by a trained phlebotomist. The samples are then sent to a laboratory for thorough testing.

Rejuven8 will provide a pre-paid return address envelope so you can post your sample to our partnered laboratory on the same day the test is completed. Your results will be emailed to you within 3-5 working days of sample receipt at their site.

Are Tests Accurate

Our tests are medically-approved and are as accurate as tests you would take in a healthcare facility. Our tests are analysed in a lab which is UKAS accredited, and registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In-Clinic tests are completed using analysers that are laboratory-standard in quality, highly reliable and accurate.

Test results and comments or interpretation provided by a doctor in relation to those results are for the purposes of information only. They may provide a guide to help you understand your health but do not, and are not intended to, constitute a clinical diagnosis. This service is not a substitute for proper medical investigation and advice and we do not provide clinical or diagnostic services in relation to the tests. Our comments are based on information available to us at the time, and this information may be insufficient to gain a complete understanding of your health or a particular condition you may be suffering from. If you have any concerns regarding your health or your test results you should discuss them directly with your GP or a doctor.

Based on the results of your test(s) and/or other information that you have provided to us, we may recommend that you purchase a follow-up test or that you see your GP for further investigation or both. You agree that you are solely responsible for acting on such guidance and that Rejuven8 skin Clinic accepts no liability in the event you choose not to do so.

How often should I take a test?

We believe it’s most effective to monitor your health regularly over time. So we recommend taking your test every three months. This is the amount of time it typically takes to see the impact of health and lifestyle changes.

Will it hurt?

The initial insertion of the needle involves a pin prick sensation but after that the rest of the procedure should be quite painless. It is possible that patients will experience discomfort during, and immediately after the Patient Information Phlebotomy: A Guide to having a blood test www.uhcw.nhs.uk 3 procedure. This usually settles quite quickly, but if it continues you should consult your doctor.

Will it bruise?

Bruising or a small lump (haematoma) may develop after taking a sample of blood.
Applying firm pressure to the site until the bleeding has stopped should help to minimize this. Bruising is harmless and will disappear with time and does not usually require treatment. Some conditions may increase the risk of bruising.
These include:- · Medications such as warfarin or aspirin · Conditions such as a bleeding disorder or low platelets (thrombocytopenia)
· Where it is difficult to locate the vein, for example if the arm is swollen (oedema
· Elderly patients may also bruise more easily In order to reduce this risk as much as possible, please tell the person taking the blood if you have any such conditions or if you have previously experienced problems following blood taking.

What happens to the blood samples?

The samples are transported to the pathology laboratory  and begin to be processed on the same day. The results are sent to the doctor who requested the sample to be taken as soon as they are completed.

How do I book?

Please call the clinic or book online .

How do I get my results?

Results will be available directly to the patient from the laboratory