Blood tests are a routine part of healthcare, but have you ever wondered what happens to your blood sample once it leaves your arm? Let’s follow its journey.
After you collect your blood sample into a small vial, often with a preservative or an anticoagulant to keep the blood from clotting, you would send it to us via post. Royal Mail then delivers your samples to our laboratory.
Once in the lab, your blood begins an exciting journey. Depending on the tests ordered, it may be spun in a centrifuge, which separates the blood into its components: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. This helps the lab technician analyse each part individually.
Next, the sample is processed, which could mean anything from culturing bacteria from the blood to identify infections, measuring sugar levels for diabetes, or checking cholesterol levels for heart disease risk.
Finally, the results are compiled and reported in our Smart Reports platform. The doctor then interprets them in the context of your overall health. This whole process, from finger to result, is a complex dance involving many skilled professionals.
So, the next time you have a blood test, remember the incredible journey your blood sample embarks upon, all in the name of keeping you healthy!