6 November 2012 – Airedale’s phlebotomists have a new image
Airedale Hospital’s phlebotomy (blood collectors) team are proud of their new ‘look’ – they are now sporting dark purple uniforms.
Previously the staff, who run a drop-in service taking blood from patients, between 8.45am – 4.30pm, in the outpatient’s department, wore white ones with an aqua trim.
The team is part of the pathology department and every morning they go round the wards collecting blood samples from patients to take back to their laboratories for analysis.
Members of the team also run clinics at various health centres in the community including Bingley, Keighley, Haworth and Skipton Hospital.
Operational manager Anne Crabtree took over running the service about a year ago and has introduced a number of changes to the service. These have included tweaking the times of the service, producing a new leaflet to let patients know what to expect from having their blood taken, and making sure members of the team are not left vulnerable without support as lone workers in the community and outpatient clinics.
Anne, of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As this team is the public face of pathology dealing with hundreds of patients on a daily basis, they need to present a professional, caring image.
“Phlebotomy is a skilful job and members of the team need to be successful every time, on every one. This can become tricky when people get older or have a history of smoking as their veins become very difficult to find.
“We all love our new look. Before ordering our new uniforms we had to do a lot of research to make sure no other teams in the hospital are dressed in dark purple which could be confusing for members of the public.”