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Having a thumb blood test

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 thumb (capillary) blood test

This involves using a small needle to pierce the skin on the thumb to collect droplets of blood. This cannot be done for all blood tests and depends on which type of blood test the doctor, nurse or consultant asks for, you can ask them whether a capillary blood test can be done for your test.

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 into 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 thumb

A special nurse will clean your thumb with a wipe.

Widgit of cream

The special nurse will place a small blob of clear cream on your thumb.

Widgit of thumb

They will use a small clicker to prick your thumb.

Widgit of blood in small bottle

The droplets will be caught in a small bottle.

Widgit of cotton ball on hand

Once the small bottles are filled, a cotton ball will be placed on your finger.

Widgit of plaster

A small plaster will be put on your thumb.

Widgit of goodbye

All finished and it’s time to leave the room.

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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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