Tests & Results

Phlebotomy - Blood Tests

If your doctor has recommended that you have a blood test. You will need to go to the Blood Testing Unit (BTU) Area H at Northampton General Hospital to have this done. 

You must book an appointment prior to attending - 01604 523303 or 01604 544190 between 9.00am - 3.30pm. You can also book online Swiftqueue

After you have had your blood taken you will need to phone the surgery for the results. Please call between the hours of 12.30 - 6.00.

For most routine blood tests they will be available 2-3 working days after the blood test.

We are currently only offering blood testing in the surgery for the following groups of patients because of increasing demand:-

  • Frail or very elderly patients
  • Patients with reduced mobility
  • Bloods for patients with chronic medical problems
  • Bloods that the doctor thinks are urgent

Children's Blood Tests

For Children aged 18 months to 14 years there is a separate clinic for blood tests called the Paediatric Phlebotomy Clinic (situated in Area H of Northampton General Hospital). 

You must book an appointment prior to attending - 01604 523303 or 01604 544190 between 9.00am - 3.30pm.  You can also book online Swiftqueue

For patients with special needs try to telephone 30mins prior to arrival 01604 544190 (although not absolutely necessary.

After you have had your blood taken you will need to phone the surgery for the results.

For most routine blood tests they will be available 2-3 working days after the blood test.

Test Results

It is the patients' responsibility to contact the practice to get the results from any tests they have had taken.

When phoning for your test results please call 01604 723420 any time between 12.30 and 18:00.

Please inform the receptionist when you had the test taken and what it was so they are able to give you the correct results.

We are unable to give results to anyone else unless you have previously given us signed written permission.

X-Rays

An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.

If the Doctor has advised for you to have an X-Ray, please call the Radiolgy Department on 01604 544397 to arrange an appointment.

If you have an X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.

An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.

You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.