Scared of needles? Here’s how to stay calm during a blood test – Nuffield Health

Scared of needles? Here’s how to stay calm during a blood test – Nuffield Health


I felt the needle go in and I thought
“great I’ve done it I’ve not fainted!” And then I fainted… The lady was very nice, she just literally
took like two tiny things of blood. – I was quite kind of nervous about it. – It
was okay really I kind of had to look away and she did her thing. – I’ve never
actually had a blood test done before. Ever. So I didn’t really know what to
expect. – But she was excellent, she calmed me down, she told me when to look away.
– Barely felt it, the guy was really really good with needles. – Definitely the best
needle experience I’ve ever had. – I take blood from patients all the time
and I have lots of patients that are scared of blood taking and scared of
needles. There’s quite a few things you can do number one: Talk to the person
taking blood, tell them that you’re nervous, tell them that you’re scared, it
can make a big difference. Two: You know where your blood test has been
successful from before and you know the vein that won’t give the blood up, let
the healthcare professional know where they should look. The third thing to do:
Distract yourself, whatever that is. – Obviously I fainted,
but I was lying down and it was fine. – If you are a person that faints when you
have a blood test it’s okay, we can take our time and both of us will have a
better experience.