Patients are assessed on the day by qualified medical personnel to confirm that they are fit for the procedure. Patients with cardiac conditions must have clearance from their cardiologist. Patients will be contacted by Venesection Unit staff to assess any medications that may need to be omitted prior to the procedure.
Patients require a medical referral to the on-call Haematologist or to the Haematologist in charge of the Venesection Unit. During working hours patients can also be discussed and referred to the service through the Venesection Unit Registered Nurses.
Urgent cases need to be referred to the on-call Haematologist for RNSH via the Hospital switchboard telephone 02 9926 7111.
Patients are required to have something to eat and drink (1.5 litres of water) prior to attending for a venesection procedure. Any medication taken to help control your blood pressure and/or that helps thin your blood (anticoagulant) will need to be omitted on the day of venesection.
If you drive yourself to the appointment it is crucial that you feel well before you drive home. The alternative would be to bring a relative or friend with you for the first few visits to escort you home.