Best place for blood test with needle phobia

buttons 24 September 2009 24

I need to go have a blood test and I have a massive needle phobia – can anyone recommend a good clinic to go where the nurses understand these issues and have patience?


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nemo2003 nemo2003 6:28 pm 29 Jan 10

I suffer from same problem to the point I have had to be sedated with valium once. I went to Eloise at Symbion in Belconnen last year and she was a sweetheart. She was recommended to me by my GP. She was funny, sensitive, gentle and caring. She held my hand, spoke to me softly and I hardly felt a thing. She explained procedure from beginning to end and was one of the most professional nurses Ive come across with a cheeky sense of humour to calm me. At the end of the test, I went to de4sk to pay only to discover I was bulk billed by her. I no longer need sedation when I can get in with her and I give her 20 out of 10. She is also good with young children if that helps. Best of luck, I know how you feel!

gun street girl gun street girl 5:36 pm 26 Sep 09

Best stick to the mob that your doctor uses, for the sake of your results not being lost or delayed. Capital and ACT Path have multiple collection centres alike, so you’re free to pick the one most convenient, but try not to go to Capital, for instance, if your request form comes from ACT Path (or vice-versa).

Primal Primal 11:15 am 26 Sep 09

rosebud said :

I-filed – I DO have a phobia, but it involved underpants.

I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere about a shared phobia of little pricks…

me70 me70 10:49 pm 25 Sep 09

I have to have bi-monthly bloodtests to check medication levels..I’ve always hated them, but since I’ve started going to the collection place inside Calvary Hospital, I haven’t had any’s all they do so it’s very quick and relatively painless..and you can reward yourself with a chocky (or whatever!) at the cafe next door afterwards!.. can’t remember if it’s ACT Pathology or Capital Pathology? It’s not the one across the road from A&E but the one downstairs from the maternity ward..good luck 🙂

VITURE VITURE 8:44 pm 25 Sep 09

Hi At Lyneham shops they are excellent, as I’m not scared, just concerned that they find my veins as they are hard to find, narrow veins, most pathologist’s have trouble finding them and I end up with a lot of bruising.

katahandmade katahandmade 7:44 pm 25 Sep 09

I have found Capital Pathology at John James hospital in Deakin to be great. No wait for my appointments and very understanding nurses (I too have a bit of a phobia!)

Also it might help to take a family member/friend with you who can help distract you while its being done?

rosebud rosebud 3:26 pm 25 Sep 09

I-filed – I DO have a phobia, but it involved underpants.

I-filed I-filed 1:14 pm 25 Sep 09

rosebud said :

I think you should all grow up! Scared of a little needle, plunging into your veins to relieve you of some of your vital essence. What could you possibly be afraid of except your own fear. Pffft.

Rosebud you don’t have a phobia, so you aren’t placed to judge.

Buttons, I’m not scared of needles but I recall that the male nurse who took blood at Capital Pathology when it was at the Ainslie shops was fantastic, took his time and chatted. If you phone Capital, you could simply ask them who they would recommend among their staff around their clinics – they’ll be aware of who is particularly empathetic, as they probably will have had feedback over the years, and I’m sure they’ll help.

Cal Cal 12:20 pm 25 Sep 09

I have blood tests every week and you something, it’s just a little jab. No worse than a prick from a rose bush. There’s worse things – like a scalpel.

barking toad barking toad 12:01 pm 25 Sep 09


haha – nice one centurion!

rosebud rosebud 11:57 am 25 Sep 09

I think you should all grow up! Scared of a little needle, plunging into your veins to relieve you of some of your vital essence. What could you possibly be afraid of except your own fear. Pffft.

excession excession 10:38 am 25 Sep 09

I found Canberra Hospital Pathology to be consistently good at taking blood for blood tests.

I used to be so scared, I would be having the shakes and cold sweats about blood tests, and I found that the commercial places (Symbion, Laverty Pathology) were HOPELESS at getting blood out without causing lots of pain.

The nurses at Canberra Hospital Pathology are well trained, and do a great job. Highly recommended.


buttons buttons 8:44 am 25 Sep 09

Thank you everyone!

dusty dusty 8:36 am 25 Sep 09

I would highly recommend the Collection Centre at Canberra Hospital, entry ground level off Gilmore Crescent Garran

Igglepiggle Igglepiggle 8:36 am 25 Sep 09

EMLA cream may help too. Its local anaethetic cream you can buy from the chemist- put it on about 30mins before you go- you wont feel it then! Great for small kids who need blood tests too (doesnt help much with immunisations sadly as most of that pain is in the muscle, not the skin) A bit exxy but worth it if you have a real problem.

V twin venom V twin venom 8:34 am 25 Sep 09

Mooseheads. They don’t even use needles.

saraj saraj 10:17 pm 24 Sep 09

Staff at the collection center at Calvary are fantastic. Been going there for awhile and never had a problem.

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 7.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 12.00 noon

Our location
1st Floor, Marian Building
Calvary Hospital, BRUCE

VicePope VicePope 9:34 pm 24 Sep 09

Had one this week at the Erindale branch of the local pathology place. Pleasant enough people, given what they do. Very skilled at minimal shock/pain phlebotomy. It’s most of what they do at those places, so they get pretty good at it.

ainslie ainslie 8:42 pm 24 Sep 09

The lady that works at the Jerrabomberra Capital Pathology is very good at taking bloods. My daughter was very worked up and the lady was able to take the blood with a minimum of fuss and calmed my daughter beautifully.

Primal Primal 6:41 pm 24 Sep 09

Speaking as a bit of needlephobe myself, let me recommend Capital Pathology at Brindabella Specialist Centre (Garran, near The Canberra Hospital) on a Sunday morning.

To quote the young lady who took my blood, some Sundays are really busy, but most times they’re dead quiet – I stepped in the door about 10:30am, did the paperwork and was ushered into the room straight away, no time wasted in a waiting room getting worked up about it.

Very understanding staff and I walked away feeling much better about myself (and about needles).

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