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Having a blood test with Emla cream

We know that having a blood test can be a very difficult experience for children, particularly children with learning disabilities or autism. This resource will provide you with easy read information you can use at home to talk about the blood test. This booklet contains 3 different methods of having a blood test at Sheffield Children’s hospital. We can also help at Sheffield Children’s Hospital with preparing your child for their blood test.

Having a blood test with Emla cream

This is a cream which numbs the skin to the feeling of needles. It is not suitable for everyone as there is waiting time between application and numbing of the skin. Ask your GP for this cream to apply it at home before coming to the hospital, this will reduce the waiting time in the hospital
Please get in touch with us to plan your visit if you wish to do this.

Widgit of numbing cream

You can have cream on your arm or hand. The cream stops your arm or hand from hurting. You can put this on before you arrive at the hospital.

Widgit of plaster

You will then have a special clear plaster or cover over your hand or arm.

How you need to wait 45 minutes for the cream to work.

Widgit of person waiting

When you come to the hospital you may need to wait in our waiting area.

You can ask to wait in our quiet room.

Widgit of lego

You can bring your own toys to play with while you wait.

Widgit of person sitting in blue chair

When you go in to the room for your appointment, you will sit in the big blue chair.

You need to stay as still as you can.

Widgit of wiping

A special nurse will clean your arm or hand with a small wipe and remove the cream.

Widgit of trying to find vein

A special nurse will feel your arm for a vein. They might try on the top of your hand.

Widgit of tourniquet

They will put a stretchy band around your arm.

Widgit of blood being withdrawn

They will put a small needle in your arm or on the top of your hand. They will take a little bit of blood.

Widgit of cotton ball on hand

They will take the needle out and put a cotton ball on your elbow or on the top of your hand.

Widgit of plaster

They will put a plaster on your arm or hand.

Widgit of goodbye

All finished and time to leave the room.

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Disclaimer

Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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