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 at 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 normal opening times at the earliest opportunity.
A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:
- assess your general state of health
- confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
- see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
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.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/blood-tests/