Due to the Coronavirus situation the Blood Taking Unit at Northampton General Hospital are restricting opening times from 20 March 2020 due to reduced staffing:
The temporary opening times for the Blood Taking Unit are as follows:
Sundays and Bank Holidays the Blood Taking Unit is closed
Mon 08:00 - 13:00
Tues 08:00 - 13:00
Wed 08:00 - 13:00
Thurs 08:00 - 13:00
Fri 08:00 - 13:00
Sat 07:30 - 1200
For Children the opening times are Mon - Fri 08:00 - 11:30.
The hospital will return to the normal opening times shown below at the earliest opportunity.
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
Providing a sample
Blood Tests Walk-in Clinic (Northampton General Hospital Area H/G (Green roof building) Mon – Fri 7.00am to 4.15pm and Sat 07.30am – 11.45am.
Before attending the hospital please ensure that the surgery has transmitted an electronic request for your Blood Test to the hospital.
Blood Tests for Children (birth to 14 years old) & People with Special Needs at NGH Blood Test Unit (Drop-In Clinic) 8.00am to 11.15am (Tel. 545843 / 544014)
- Glucose Tolerance Blood Tests – Weston Favell Health Centre Mon - Fri by appointment only between 8.30am and 12.30pm. Please ring Tel. 07833 921 003 to book your appointment. The test request form must pre-requested and printed by Rillwood M.C. before you attend at Weston Favell Health Centre
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website. http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx
When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. Typically this will be 3 working days after your test sample was provided. Please bear this in mind and call the surgery between 12 noon and 6.00pm on the results telephone line (01604 410007).
Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on the results of any tests or other investigations. If you need advice or help in understanding your results you are advised make a follow-up telephone appointment with the nurse or doctor.
Please note that we have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out the result of investigations to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if the patient lacks capacity to engage with the clinician.