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...will be needed for FBC, ESR, U+Es, CRP, LFTs, TFTs, glucose and lipids?
Just wondering as I'm a pain in the neck to get blood from (butterfly + digging around in hand, usually ending up blowing both thumb veins in desperation), and when I've had the first five lots that seems to take 4-5 tubes.
...but I haven't had bloods done at my GP's before, so trying to work out the best way to ask who's good with a butterfly .
[Seems a lot of blood tests too, but I suppose I can ask about that]
Butterflies are usually easier than a needle. If they are still stuggling could they try your foot? Veins here are usually good and chunky around the ankle. At least 3 bottles, not sure about ESR or TFT.
USoRight Definitely agree about butterflies...I do usually try and say about that (if nothing else, because I ended up going to three different phlebotomy departments before I got my Occ Health bloods for uni done some years ago).
Is having blood taken from your foot as irritating as having a cannula in there? (I know the place you mean I think).
I think the foot is less sensitive than the hands. The crook of the elbow is not too bad. Hands and on the wrist are painful I think. I've put venflons (cannula) in feet because of poor veins, or collapsed veins. A vein is just a vein and if it is accessible I dont see why not. I did work in A&E at the time, and you would probably get look in a GP practice. Phlebotomists are usually the best, after the anaesthetists (they can cannulate fleas)