Blood Draw FAQ

Questions You May Have When Getting Your Blood Drawn

Q: I do not like getting my blood drawn. Will this hurt and what is the procedure like?

A: You are not alone - many of our patients are anxious when getting their blood drawn. Our phlebotomists are trained to make your blood drawing experience comfortable and quick and help ease your concerns.

When you come into the private blood drawing station you will be asked to remove your coat, roll up your sleeve and take a seat in the drawing chair. You can choose which arm you prefer to receive the blood draw from.

The phlebotomist will wrap an elastic band around your arm to help find a vein. The band may be a little tight on your arm. Once the vein is found, the phlebotomist will swab rubbing alcohol on your arm to sterilize the area where the needle will be inserted. The alcohol may be a little cold.

The needle will be inserted into your arm and a certain amount of blood will be drawn for the tests you are having. Some people say they feel a pinch when the needle goes in and when it is removed; others say they do not feel the needle.

The draw site will then be covered with gauze and CoFlex (this is a non-latex adhesive wrap) upon completion.

Q: Where do I go to get my blood drawn and what are the hours?

A: Please view our Lab Hours and Locations page for more information.

Q: Why has my doctor ordered this test?

A: Doctors order laboratory tests for a variety
of reasons. Therefore, our laboratory or phlebotomy team will refer you to your doctor for questions related to the tests that he/she has ordered.

Find out more about laboratory tests on our Helpful Links page.

Q: Where does my blood go once it is drawn?

A: Your blood will be examined at the laboratory at Newton-Wellesley Hospital or at one of our reference laboratories.

Q: Why are you drawing so many tubes of blood?

A: More than one test may have been ordered by the doctor. Different types of tubes are required for different tests. 

Q: How do I find out about my test results?

A: Your doctor will receive the results of your blood tests. Your doctor's office will send the results to you in the mail or you may contact your doctor for results.

Q: How long will it take for my doctor to receive my blood test results?

A: Ninety percent of our lab test results are back within 24-48 hours.

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions regarding my lab visit?

A: We encourage you to contact Customer Service at 617-243-6300 or by email with your questions.


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