Phlebotomists procure blood samples from patients which are then examined in a laboratory.

This role is important as the analysis of blood and subsequent results can be used to quickly diagnose diseases and conditions. 

This role works within the healthcare team to provide patient care, often in situations where individuals might be stressed and concerned about having blood drawn.

Phlebotomists, as part of their day-to-day need to;
  • take the blood correctly so it can be used for testing
  • label and store samples carefully
  • deliver blood samples promptly to the lab
Phlebotomists have excellent;
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations

Phlebotomist training:

There are no set requirements to train as a phlebotomist. One route into phlebotomy is to work as a healthcare assistant and then receive training so that you can further support the healthcare team. Employers might ask for relevant work experience in healthcare. There are apprenticeships in healthcare that would give you relevant experience to apply for a trainee phlebotomist position.

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