How it Works
No more looking for parking, taking a ticket and waiting for your blood test!
Blood Tests at Home was set up for your convenience.
It prevents the need for you to travel to an NHS community centre or an NHS hospital to have your blood test taken.
It's Just 3 Easy Steps!
Arrange for one of our phlebotomist to come to your house
At a day/time suitable for you
Our phlebotomist will take your bloods
In the comfort of your own home
Then they will drop your bloods back to the hospital for analysis
Then sit back & relax!
Get your results
At your doctors
In the normal way!
All your questions answered
Have one of our phlebotomists come to your house to take your bloods for the bloodtest at a time suitable for you
Our phlobotomist will drop your bloods back to the hospital for analysis
The results will be sent back to your doctor.
We require a blood test form which tells the laboratory what tests the doctor is asking for.
We therefore require a form from your GP or Hospital Consultant which tells the phlebotomists which blood bottles she needs to take.
Yes. We have access to a private laboratory in London and we can arrange most blood tests.
The charge for taking the blood is the same as if you have a form from your GP, however, the analysis of the bloods incurs additional charges depending on which tests you request.
If you would like to discuss what tests can be carried out, please contact our team and we can create a tailored package of blood tests depending on your requirement. The reports will be sent confidentially to you by email.
No. This service is all about your convenience. It prevents the need for you to travel to an NHS community centre or an NHS hospital to have your blood test taken.
If you are a housebound patient, you should speak with your GP about arranging a district nurse to visit you at home to take your blood test on the NHS for free.
Yes. The age of the children we offer blood tests on depends on the phlebotomist. Many phlebotomists offer blood tests for all children but others only offer blood tests for children over 5 years or over 10 years of age.
Importantly, we do ask you to note that in babies and children, the technique of holding them is vital to achieving a successful sample. As there will be no one else with our phlebotomist to help, we require you to ask a second person to be present to assist you to help the phlebotomist.
Correct restraining of the child/baby will mean less pain and distress to the child/baby and a smoother collecting of the required quantity of blood.
On some occasions if a first attempt has failed we reserve the right to refuse a second attempt, as the phlebotomist may feel a second attempt be better done in the hospital environment.
For young children, some people wish to use Emla cream that numbs the skin before the needle is placed in the vein. It is recommended to apply the cream 60 mins before the blood test to take effect. For those who wish to use it, apply the cream to the front of the elbow (antecubital fossa) of both arms about 1 hour before the due appointment time. The cream is held in place with a clear dressing. The cream can be purchased from most pharmacies.
Please note that the child may still be distressed due to the anticipation of the test and the restraining process. Firmly holding the child is still the best way to achieving a successful sample with or without Emla cream. In addition, it may be that the phlebotomist cannot find a suitable vein to draw the blood sample on the site you have applied Emla – in this case the phlebotomist may have to choose a site which has not had cream applied.
Yes. Some blood tests require you to be fasting and your GP will indicate this to you at the time they give you the form or it will be ticked as fasting. Usually a 12 hour fast is required prior to the blood test with nothing to eat or drink. It is acceptable to drink water right up until your test and you can take your medications if required.
We can usually do most blood tests that your GP will request, however there are a few rare tests that we cannot do and your GP should inform you that those will need to be carried out at the hospital.
Tests that cannot be done include: (although these are RARELY requested by a GP)
Renin; Aldosterone; Parathyroid (PTH); Insulin; C-Peptide; Gastrin; Calcitonin; Homocysteine; Lactate; Ammonia; Vasopressin; Cryoglobulin; IGF-1; Vitamin A/B1/B2/B6/E; Chromosomes; TPMT
In terms of Drug levels, these can be done at home. Digoxin levels should be taken 6-8 hours after you have taken your digoxin dose. Iron levels should ideally be taken without having taken any iron tablets for 24 hours prior to your test. Lithium levels should be taken 12 hours after the last dose. For any other drug levels, please ensure you check with your GP about the correct time of taking the blood test to check drug levels.
As with any business, our costs reflect our expenses. Peak blood tests are offered in unsociable hours and due to local traffic at these times, it takes the phlebotomists longer to travel from house to house. The other major costs in order for us to provide a high quality service, ensuring your safety, includes carrying out annual DBS checks on our staff, medical indemnity and appropriate insurances for our phlebotomists and registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Registration with the CQC is a requirement of every healthcare provider and ensures your safety by interrogating our processes to ensure your up most safety and ensure quality of service is at high standard.
We take payment at the time of carrying out the blood test. Our Phlebotomist can accept card or cash payments. The phlebotomist does not carry change so we do ask you for the correct amount.
You cannot cancel an appointment within 24-hours of your appointment as the phlebotomist’s time would have been reserved for you. We will still request payment to be made.
If you contact us with more than 24-hours’ notice, we can reschedule your appointment to a different available date and time.
In some instances, it is difficult to collect the blood in enough quantities to analyse. This can happen if for example a child is wriggling too much, or a needle phobic patient is unable to hold still, or infrequently due to veins being too small to collect enough blood.
If this is the case, the phlebotomist will indicate this to you and mention this in her notes, so the management team at ‘Blood Tests at Home’ are aware that the bloods were unable to be collected or may be reported by the laboratory as insufficient.
If this is the case, please contact us at ‘Blood Tests at Home’ and we can discuss the next steps.
Usually the results will go back to your GP or the doctor requesting the blood tests within 3-5 working days although some blood tests do take longer to analyse.
Once we have taken the bloods and delivered them to the hospital or collection point, we cannot take responsibility for the results reaching your GP. If your blood results are not back with your GP/Consultant, please ask the GP secretary to speak with the lab and find out if there is a problem. Occasionally the reports are awaiting verification by the senior lab staff before they are sent to the GP leading to a delay in the process.
Insufficient bloods: All the blood test tubes have a marking which gives us an indication of how much is required for a certain test to be analysed. Occasionally the test can still be analysed on a lesser quantity. Occasionally the labs will report a sample to be ‘insufficient’ meaning not enough blood was in the tube to be able to analyse it accurately. It could be that not enough blood was taken at the time of the blood test or that some spillage may have occurred at the lab. This could happen with any blood taking service, NHS or Private, and unfortunately in this circumstance, the blood test will need to be repeated.
Haemolysed blood sample: Bloods can also ‘haemolyse’ which means the blood cells have ‘split open’. This can happen if it was difficult to take the sample but occasionally no reason can be identified. This means certain values cannot be reported as they would be incorrect. This could happen with any blood taking service, NHS or Private, and unfortunately in this circumstance, the blood test will need to be repeated.
Bloods not received: Infrequently, bloods can go missing and this can even happen when taking within the hospital! Our phlebotomist would have advised where the bloods were returned to after your blood test. Unfortunately, once these bloods have been dropped off to the collection point or hospital, we cannot track what happens to the bloods. It is usually worth asking the secretary at the GP surgery to chase the bloods directly with the laboratory. We CANNOT do this for you as the lab will not give us the information as we did not request the bloods and they are bound by confidentiality. If the lab cannot still find the sample, then the bloods will need to be repeated.
We reserve the right to refuse a refund as unfortunately all of these problems can happen with any blood taking service, NHS or Private. We still have to pay our phlebotomist for their time.
However, as a gesture of goodwill, we usually offer a re-attempt at taking the blood on one more occasion without further charge OR we may offer a 50% refund if you request no further attempts. If you do choose for a re-attempt, we will be unable to offer a refund if the second blood test is ‘insufficient, haemolysed or not received’.
Of note, if the initial blood test was an off-peak blood test, we will only be able to offer a re-attempt in available off-peak appointments.
Call us on 020 3039 3344 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note the quickest way of getting in touch with us is via email. If you still would like to call, then please leave a message with your contact details and we will aim to contact you back as soon as possible.
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