What is a Phlebotomist?
Working as a Phlebotomist can be a great option for those interested in care and biological science. It can be an interesting and diverse role which usually involves taking blood and other specimen samples from patients to send for diagnostic testing. A Phlebotomist may also work analysing samples, taking note of cell counts and blood compatibility, logging findings to patient records and reporting their findings to the referring physician. Phlebotomists work with adults and children of all ages, as well as working within hospitals and private laboratories.
Some of the main duties of a Phlebotomist include:
- Drawing blood and other specimen safely and efficiently
- Logging findings, labelling samples with names and dates
- Transporting samples to laboratories within specified timescales
- Adhering to health and safety regulations to ensure samples aren’t contaminated
- Explaining the process to patients
- Supporting patients who may feel nervous or at unease
Is right for you?
Whilst there are no strict requirements to become a Phlebotomist, GCSE’s in Maths, Science and English will help your chances to applying to be a trainee Phlebotomist, or to get onto an apprenticeship. A Levels can also be beneficial, particularly in Science or Health and Social Care.
Due to the nature of the role you should have excellent communication skills and great attention to detail. A sensitive and considerate nature is also important for someone considering any role within a hospital. It goes without saying that this isn’t the right role for someone who doesn’t like the sight of blood.
Progression and pay
Working in Phlebotomy can be a lucrative career path, with the average salary reported on Indeed £11.28 per hour. There are also opportunities to progress to roles like Phlebotomy Team Leader and other roles within the Biomedical Field.
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