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Blood Taking Unit

Blood Taking Unit


The blood taking unit (phlebotomy) location is on the Northampton General Hospital site, Area H, for paediatric and adult patients.

Information as of 17.09.2021

Non-urgent blood taking appointments rescheduled

Due to the continued national blood tube shortage, we will be continuing to reschedule more non-urgent blood testing appointments. We are reviewing this situation on a daily basis and urgent blood testing will continue.

 If you believe your appointment is urgent, please speak to your referring Clinician.  If you are a GP or patient who needs to book an urgent blood taking appointment please phone 01604 523303.

Please do not use this phone line to enquire about non-urgent appointments.

Our intention is to ensure all appointments can be re-booked as soon as blood tube supplies become available.

If your condition worsens please contact NHS 111.

We will keep this page updated with relevant information and thank you for your support whilst we manage the supply of these tubes.



 All patients must have an appointment to attend the blood taking unit.

Please Note: If you are having bloods taken for any of the following tests, please ensure that you book a Special Requirements Appointment:

Acute Porphyria Screen, Bullous Porphyria Screen, BCR-ABL, Cortisol, Cytogenetics , DNA Studies, Erythropoietin (EPO), JAK2, Quantiferon, White Cell Enzymes


To minimise the risk during the pandemic, patients attending appointments will not need to bring their Pathology Request Form with them. However, patients should bring a request form if they have been given one by their GP practice/Consultant  

The adult phlebotomy service will be from 8am - 4pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 12:30pm on Saturday.

The paediatric phlebotomy service will be from 8am – 11:30am Monday – Friday.

Please note that for the purposes of the service, paediatric phlebotomy refers to children aged 14 and under. Children aged 15-17 must book an adult phlebotomy appointment

All patients must wear a face coveringmaintain social distancing and must attend alone where possible. The waiting area has limited spaces so please only attend 5 minutes before appointment. If there are any reasons why wearing a face covering or attending alone is not possible patients must inform the team on arrival. Patients must not attend the unit if they are experiencing any covid symptoms


Directions to the blood taking unit.



The Blood Taking Unit (BTU) operates as a walk in service provising services for community and hospital clinics. The department sees over 100,000 patients a year.

The department is generally busy between 7.00-8.00 and 9.30-13.00. Some clinics in the hospital refer patients to the blood taking unit. These patients may sometimes take priority and can mean your waiting time is increased. This is done for clinical need and helps us to see our most urgent patients as soon as possible.

Last Updated - 13/07/21 13:30

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