Phlebotomy (Blood Draw)

Phlebotomy (Blood Draw)

Gordon Medical offers the option of having blood drawn in our office for all of your testing needs. In particular, GMA uses many tests that are not part of the usual set up in regular test labs like Quest or LabCorp. Having your blood drawn in our office ensures the kits are all properly prepared and sent out to the correct labs. Our Technicians can draw a wide variety of tests at the same time.

We also have certain tests that require an IV, or an injection prior to the blood being drawn. Your Technician will help walk you through the steps required for the tests your practitioner has ordered.

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    How can I prepare for my appointment?

    Please follow your practitioner’s instructions before having your blood drawn. Your practitioner may require you to do certain things prior to your blood draw, have it drawn at a certain time of day, or after a certain medication is taken. Following your practitioner’s instructions will insure that your blood results will be the most accurate for diagnosing your symptoms.

    One of the most common requests of a patient is fasting before their Blood Draw. Fasting for a blood test entails avoiding all food and beverages (except for water) for 8 to 12 hours prior to the test.

    The second most common request is that a patient drink plenty of water and take their medications as usual. Drinking water before your blood draw will help make your veins more accessible.

    In addition to these preparations, making sure you are warm, or asking for a heating pad for your arm will help to relax your blood vessels, making them easy to access. If possible, gentle activity prior to your appointment can also help open the blood vessels. However, extreme activity can sometimes alter the results of certain tests.

    Note: A small number of tests have stricter requirements which involve consuming nothing, including water, for one hour prior to the test.

    If you have anxiety about Blood Draws please let your practitioners know and they will help guide you in the appropriate direction prior to your appointment to make this an easy process for you.

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    Do I need a prescription for a Blood Draw?

    Yes, you would need to meet with your practitioner and have them give you a lab slip or test kit before you can schedule a phlebotomy (blood draw.)

    Use one of the following options to make an appointment:
    Patient Portal for current patients
    New Patient Contact
    (707) 575-5180

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    What if I have trouble with Blood Draws?

    Our phlebotomists have experience with people who have difficulties in other labs, and will use smaller needles, heat, and other means to ensure your blood will be drawn as smoothly and painlessly as possible. We even have the option of lying down to have your blood drawn if you find you tend to get woozy or faint.

    If you have allergies to medical adhesives, latex, or anything else, be sure to let your Technician know.

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    How do I schedule an appointment in the office?

    Appointment days and times vary depending on what lab is being used, what your test kit involves and how it is being processed and shipped to an outside laboratory.

    Please inform us when scheduling your appointment what you are having drawn and they can help schedule your appointment appropriately so your specimen will make it to the lab on time for processing. Some labs only allow blood to be drawn on Monday-Wednesday, or sometimes Thursday, so that the sample arrives before the weekend.

    Use one of the following options to make an appointment:
    Patient Portal for current patients
    (707) 575-5180

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    How much time does a Blood Draw take?

    Blood Draws take 15-20 minutes depending on the amount of blood needed for your testing.

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    Is a Blood Draw safe?

    Yes, they are safe. Some patients may experience bruising at the draw site. This will go away in a few days. If you generally have difficulty with having blood drawn, let our staff know and they will do everything possible to make the experience an easy one.

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    I don't live in Sonoma County. Where can I have my blood drawn for the specialized kits?

    Call your local lab to find out whether or not they draw for kits. When they do, there are often certain days and hours when they do these draws, so check in advance. Soem labs also charge a fee that may not be covered by your insurance.

    Open Medicine Institute in Mill Valley is available to do blood draws for special kits.

    279 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941

    Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

    (415) 381-1178

    (415) 381-1193

Phlebotomy Fee

For all blood specimens drawn in our office, there is a handling fee charged that is NOT billable to insurance, nor will your insurance pay for it if you submit the bill yourself.