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Train to be a phlebotomist

Wednesday, 8th May, 2019 4:42pm

Having to give blood samples isn't the most pleasant experience for a patient. However, having a calm phlebotomist administering the test, who can find that tricky vein in one swift and painless stab, is certainly helpful.

Skilled phlebotomists – the healthcare professionals who take your blood – specialise in collecting blood samples.

Many healthcare institutions such as GP surgeries and hospitals now employ phlebotomists to perform the role of collecting blood from their in-patients and out-patients. Phlebotomy posts are usually very flexible and can vary from full and part-time hospital posts to part time work in surgeries and clinics.

Geopace Training has built a nationwide reputation for teaching phlebotomy the right way and students travel from all over the country and even internationally to be trained by experienced Geopace tutors.

Each Geopace class lasts two full days, and at the end of the course, students will have attained an accredited certificate in phlebotomy. Students need no prior experience in healthcare and come from all walks of life and all ages.

The Introduction to Phlebotomy course provides a very thorough grounding in both theory and practical elements and prepares students up to the point of 'live blood draws'.

“It’s also a lot of fun,” said Lauren, the Admin Manager at Geopace Training. “Many students email us after completing the course to say how enjoyable it was whilst others email us to let us know that they have been accepted for phlebotomy jobs.”

Students attending the course are very hands-on, practicing on artificial arms which pumps fake blood and offers a choice of veins to perform and practise on.

There is also a theory element to complete although there are no exams at the end.

Students complete modules as they proceed through the course and it’s almost impossible for anyone to fail.

Once completed, the course awards a nationally recognised and accredited certificate in phlebotomy (accredited at Level 5 in Ireland).

If you like the idea of working in the healthcare profession then visit the Geopace Training website for more information at geopace.net. Courses will be running this September in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Dublin.

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