Know what to expect when you visit us for a blood test.

We have a highly-trained team of phlebotomists (specialists who take your bloods) for both inpatients and outpatients.

What to expect

On the day of your blood test, we'll direct you to our admissions area. We'll then register you and you can pay for the test or tests you're having.

For your registration, you'll need to bring a copy of your referral with you.

Your blood test should only take a few minutes. 

If you're nervous about your test, please tell your phlebotomist when you meet them. They'll do everything they can to make you as comfortable as possible.

During your blood test, your phlebotomist will take a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. They'll do this by placing a needle into the blood vessel. You may feel a slight scratch but it shouldn't cause a lot of pain.

Once they've taken a sample of your blood, they'll remove the needle and apply a small amount of pressure and cotton wool to the area.


Not all services are covered by health insurance. To find out if you're covered, contact your health insurance provider before your visit.

Visit our Health insurance and self-pay page for more information.


If you do not have health insurance or your health plan does not cover the full cost, you will need to pay on the day of your visit.

You might be able to claim fees on your insurance.

If you need to submit an insurance excess or pay inpatient fees after a stay at the Hermitage Clinic, you can pay your bill online.