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We are pleased to let you know that COVID-19 Care Assistant is now live.


 


COVID-19 Care Assistant supports our patients who are worried that they might have COVID-19. This service, which is accessible via the web, will be the first port of call for lots of patients. COVID-19 Care Assistant helps people understand if their symptoms are COVID-19 related and based on the likelihood, guides them on what to do next.


 


Patients using the COVID-19 Care Assistant can get access to a symptom checker (24/7) and live chat function (8am-8pm); which gives advice on next steps.


 


The online tool also offers patients a care plan to track their symptoms, and information for the isolation period.


Please click below:


https://www.uhb.nhs.uk/ask

Blood Tests

blood_tests_4A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:

  • assess your general state of health
  • confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
  • see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.

 

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.

 
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