What Sets Phlebotomy Training Services Apart?

There are many providers of phlebotomy training in the UK. It is an impressive career to embark on, and a vital skill to have when pursuing other careers, such as scientific research of dentistry. But how do you know which training provider to go with?

Obviously we may be slightly biased, but we really believe that Phlebotomy Training Services provides something that no other training provider does. After all, that is the principle we were founded on.

PTS were founded by Alison Purkiss in 2007. A fully qualified and practicing phlebotomist herself, she noticed that there seemed to be a gap for high quality training. Phlebotomy, the practice of taking blood, is a vital task that has ramifications all across the medical sector: it is imperative that there are skilled phlebotomists out there practicing this craft.

This is why she decided to set up Phlebotomy Training Services.

She founded it on a number of principles, all built around the learner. The first is that all the training providers are not only fully qualified and practicing phlebotomists, but also have teaching qualifications.

All the knowledge in the world is useless if it cannot be put across in a clear and coherent manner. With proper teaching qualifications all our trainers are capable of passing on their hard earned knowledge and experience in an easy and digestible manner.

The next principle we adhere to is having no more than 6 students per trainer. This means that each student gets the attention they need to be able to pass the practical exam at the end of the course, and go on to becoming fully qualified phlebotomists in their own right.

We can also tailor our courses to suit the learner. We know that not all the students that attend our courses will be unskilled. We have students from all walks of life, from medical researchers to dentists. This is why, if needed, we can tailor our courses to suit the current skill level of the student.

To find out more about our courses just give us a call on 01609 751 610, or contact us here.


Would Regular Blood Tests Help Spot Ovarian Cancer?

Currently there is no real screening process to spot ovarian cancer, aside from a few symptom checks. However these are imperfect, and so doctors recommend that women at high risk, for example those who have a history of it in their family, have an operation early on to remove their ovaries and fallopian tubes.

But, undergoing this operation obviously stops a woman being able to conceive a child. Added to that no surgery is risk free, despite how routine it may be.

However, a trial has been conducted recently in which 4,348 woman undertook regular blood tests to look for signifiers that they may develop the disease. The trials monitored a chemical called CA125 found in the women’s blood.

Raised levels of CA125 can be signifiers of cancer. So women on the trial were tested 3 times a year and had their levels measured. During the trial 19 cases of ovarian cancer were detected, 10 of which were caught in the very early stages. In the 5 years after the trial another 18 were found, but only 1 was at the early stage.

As is the case with all cancers, the earlier the detection the better the chances of survival for the patient.

Even though regular screening is the best way of detecting the cancer, the best option when it is detected is still surgery. However the screening buys women more accurate time. If they wanted to start a family for example, they would have more time before undergoing the surgery, if they undertook regular screening.

Until such a time that regular screening is put in place it is still recommended that women are constantly aware of the potential symptoms which signify ovarian cancer. These include:

  • Feeling constantly bloated
  • A swollen stomach
  • Discomfort in the stomach or pelvic area
  • Feeling full quickly when eating, or loss of appetite
  • Needing to urinate more often or more urgently than normal

Phlebotomy Training Services are industry leaders in phlebotomy training in the UK. We offer a number of courses which can be tailored to suit your individual needs. To find out more about the services we offer just give us a call on 01609 751 610.