Blood Taking Unit
Blood testing – a message for patients - 8 October 2020
Problems with an NHS supplier Roche has led to a temporary shortage in some of the chemicals we use to process test results. Roche are working urgently to resolve this.
All tests for patients in Northamptonshire are continuing as normal so please attend your appointment as requested. If your appointment needs to be cancelled, you will be contacted.
We are doing everything we can to reduce the impact on our patients, including working locally with other NHS organisations to share these chemicals wherever we can.
The blood taking unit (phlebotomy) has re-opened in its original location on the Northampton General Hospital site, Area H, for paediatric and adult patients.
We have made a change to our service and all patients must now have an appointment to attend the blood taking unit.
Appointments for blood taking can be booked online by clicking here or by going to https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/northampton.php
The online booking will be open from the 1st September 2020.
If you are unable to book via the online facility, appointments for both paediatric and adult blood taking can be booked Monday to Friday between 9am and 3:30pm by phoning 01604 544190 or 01604 523303
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 to patients during the pandemic, as a temporary measure, 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 covering, maintain 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.