Children's Blood Tests
Special Care for your Child
Blood tests for children can be very challenging, dependent on their age, illness, compliance, and parents' influence particularly if they are nervous themselves.
Based in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, Phlebotomy Services offers a specialist service looking after children, and founder Jayne is one of the few experienced phlebotomists to offer private visits at home to take blood samples.
Jayne travels all over the UK to visit children to take blood samples on requests from parents, Consultants & Therapists. Parents also travel long distances to visit Jayne & her team in their clinic in Warwickshire. Both options are available. Jayne is always happy to discuss anything with parents.
Our service comes with recommendations from local schools, hospital departments, GP surgeries, Doctors & Consultants.
What to expect
A calm and trusted approach
Needing to take a blood sample can be a stressful and upsetting time for the child & parents. Over the years we have developed our own technique in ensuring the whole procedure is as painless and non traumatic as possible for everyone involved. If needed, one of our experienced team can call you to discuss your child's needs or possibly visit the family prior to any tests if necessary to get to know them or answer any questions or concerns they may have.
Spending time with the child and parents, gaining their trust and hopefully allaying any fears from the offset is important. We usually offer services from 2 years of age and above. But in certain circumstances we may be able to advise and discuss younger ages if required. We are always guided by parents on their child. Wear a uniform? No uniform? Every child is different. Distraction techniques we may need, history of a child. Anything to help make the procedure an easier experience for everyone concerned. Our techniques have proved invaluable over the years.
We also have significant experience in taking blood from children with special needs and anxiety issues, both at home and in a supported school environment. This care is so important to the child (and parent) whatever their need. Time and patience is the key, something we are well practiced in. We are guided by parent & child alike to ensure the procedure is as stress free as possible for everyone.
My 6 year old needed a blood test and we were all very anxious & didn't want to wait 3 weeks for an appointment at the hospital. Jayne was brilliant. She offered to do a pre-visit prior to the blood test to meet us and have a look at my sons arms. Jayne was recommended to us and we were not disappointed. She was prompt to return my call, flexible regarding times (around school and work) and dates and was so professional, but above all so friendly too.
Would definitely recommend.
Advice and extra help
If you have an NHS blood request form for your child & wish to use the NHS system but just pay privately for your child's blood test to either speed the the process up or get them seen at home - all you need is your Blood Test form from your GP or Consultant and we can sort the rest.
If it is private kit you have, you will need the necessary paperwork, we will do the rest. We can also provide private blood tests without a Dr's referral for most blood tests. We do not offer any medical advice or interpretation of results, these would need to be taken up with a medical practitioner.
We can offer advice in regard to Emla (magic numbing cream) and dressings available on prescription from your GP, or this can be bought over the counter. We will advise on how this should be applied and for how long. We can also use numbing spray on the day if required.
Whilst we make every attempt to successfully gain blood samples from children, we will never put a child under unnecessary stress or emotional upset. We will not actively restrain a child to take a blood sample but may need assistance to hold them still during the procedure. We are guided by parents with every child's needs. If we feel unable to take the sample for any reason, we will be honest with you and discuss the options/charges applicable.
Every child is different and we take this into consideration and allow as much time as we feel is needed to treat them. If for any reason the procedure takes longer than would be normally considered reasonable, a further charge maybe be applied.
If you have any questions about the process please email us to discuss.
Please see our Trust pilot reviews for reassurance.
Children's Blood Test
Aged 10-14 years £85
Aged 2-9 years £120
All prices are plus vat
Home visits are an additional cost
We are based in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. CV8 1JQ. Home Visits will incur a Travel Time and Mileage charge. Please contact us for a quotation.