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Coming for a blood test

Blood tests

Nurse taking blood with boy

A blood test involves taking a small sample of blood from your child, from the back of the hand, inside of the elbow or the wrist.

The area where the blood is being taken from may be anaesthetised (numbed) first with a special spray.

Most blood tests only take a few minutes to complete.

The procedure shouldn't hurt much and our specially trained staff will do all they can to make your child as comfortable as possible.

The Great Ormond Street Hospital website has some useful tips and advice on what to do if your child is scared of needles.



Tel: 020 7188 4778

Opening hours for walk in patients: 8.00am-5.30pm Monday-Friday

GP patients are advised that waiting times are usually shorter between 8.00am-12.00pm.

How to find us

Blood test centre
Ground floor, South Wing, St Thomas' Hospital

Map to the blood test centre

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