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Becky Gothard

Phlebotomist

With thousands of patients visiting the Trust each and every week, blood tests are a vital feature of the care we provide. To enable this to happen, LTHT employs a dedicated team of Phlebotomists who take blood tests and can be found both within the Trust and across the community.

"One of the best features of my role is the fact that I get to work right across sites in the Trust. This means that no two days are ever the same," said Becky. "I really enjoy the variety within my role and the opportunities it affords me to meet new people each day."

"During the morning, we Phlebotomists work independently following requests from clinicians for blood samples, then in the afternoon we work as a team helping more complex patients although sometimes we need to defer to doctors in cases where we simply cannot deliver safe care. There is lots of travelling and because we work across the Trust we need a good knowledge of the sites and a sense of direction!" she explained. "My team is really great and offer help and support whenever people need it. I really love working here at LTHT."

The role of our Phlebotomists is to take blood and transport the samples to our pathology laboratories for testing. Unlike most staff groups, they work with both adults and children.

When tests are requested by clinicians working on wards, in clinics and within community settings, the Phlebotomists go to their locations rather than the patient having to visit somewhere else. These samples are then used to help diagnose patients and to help develop care pathways.

"Blood tests, while not pleasant, are really important in helping doctors to make an accurate diagnosis for certain conditions. Once I have collected the samples they are then taken for testing at our advanced pathology labs at Jimmy's and the LGI," she said."Because of the nature of the role, I can see a mixture of patients, both adult and paediatric. It's great to know that I'm helping to make a difference in care for patients."

"Sometimes, my role takes me outside of the Trust and into community clinics where I support colleagues. It's good to get the experience working outside of the hospital environment," explained Becky. "It can be difficult at points because some patients don't like needles, but generally most people are fine. When people are worried, I always try and put their minds at ease."