Phlebotomy Department (Adult Blood Tests) Locations and Times

We are making a number of changes to our Phlebotomy (blood taking) service as a result of the effects of Coronavirus. These changes will help to ensure we have sufficient staff to provide a safe service and in the case of the KGH changes  minimise the risk to patients of attending a busy hospital site and coming into contact with others who may have the virus. To read more.
 
We will not be taking blood from patients referred by their GPs at KGH (Kettering General Hospital) instead we are increasing the number of appointments at Kettering Borough Council and extending into the afternoon. This is an appointment only service and to make an appointment patients should ring  01536 535600. Appointments are available between 8am and 4pm Monday - Friday.
 
Should you need to book a blood test for a child, under 16 years of age, please telephone 01536 492694, and for more information refer to our  "Children's Phlebotomy" page.

Kettering Borough Council Municipal Offices

An appointment only service is provided for patients aged over 16 years. Unfortuantely patients presenting without an appointment cannot be seen.  You can book an appointentment in advance by telephoning 01536 535600.
 
Bowling Green Road
Kettering
NN15 7QX

Telephone

01536 535600

Opening Times

  • Monday to Friday: *8am - 4pm
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • Sunday: CLOSED
  • Bank Holidays: CLOSED
*By appointment only

Corby Outpatients Nuffield Diagnostic Centre

The service remains open for walk-in patients aged over 16 years old.
 
Corby Nuffield Diagnostic Centre
Cottingham Road
Corby
NN17 2UW

Telephone

01536 748069

Opening Times

  • Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 15:30
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • Sunday: CLOSED
  • Bank Holidays: CLOSED

Wellingborough Isebrook Outpatients

The service remains open for walk-in patients aged over 16 years.
 
Irthlingborough Road
Wellingborough
NN8 1LP

Telephone

01933 234560

Opening Times

  • Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 15:30
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • Sunday: CLOSED
  • Bank Holidays: CLOSED

Irthlingborough Nene Park Outpatients

The service remains open for walk-in patients aged over 16 years old.
 
Attley Way
Irthlingborough
NN9 5GF

Telephone Number

01536 491915

Opening Times

  • Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 15:30
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • Sunday: CLOSED
  • Bank Holidays: CLOSED

Rushden Outpatients

We will no longer be able to provide a walk-in Phlebotomy Service at Rectory Road Clinic - instead patients can access a walk-in service at either Nene Park, Irthlingborough or Isebrook Hospital, Wellingborough. Both sites are open between 8 am and 3.30pm. (Other services provided at Rectory Road Clinic will not be affected.)

Limitations of Services

The last patient is accepted 15 minutes prior to close of clinic. 

Department of Pathlogy - Blood Test

What is a blood test?

Blood tests help the doctor with your diagnosis, in monitoring your treatment or reviewing the levels of some medications.

Are there any complications from having a blood sample taken?

Sometimes a bruise develops where the needle was inserted. This is much less likely to happen if keep your arm straight and press over the site with cotton wool for several minutes.

As with any wound, an infection may develop where the needle was inserted. Please consult your GP if the wound site becomes red and/or inflamed.

Rarely, some people feel faint during a blood test. Tell the person doing the test if you feel faint as you should lie down immediately to prevent fainting. It is helpful to let us know if you have felt faint before when having a blood test.

How is a blood test carried out? 

In the Pathology Department, before you are called in for your test it would help us if you remove your coat/jacket and roll up your sleeve.

Blood tests are taken from a vein, usually on the inside of the arm, near to the elbow. First a tight band (tourniquet) is tied around the upper arm to make the vein prominent. The tourniquet will become tight, but this makes it much easier to take the blood. A needle is put into the vein – you might feel a slight scratch. The needle will be attached to a blood test bottle. When the necessary amount of blood has been taken, the needle will be removed, the tourniquet released and a little ball of cotton wool is held over the wound. This should be pressed for 1 – 2 minutes before a dressing is applied.

What do I do if I have a query with the test requested?

Please contact the person requesting the test and discuss it with them.

Useful Links

To help you understand the many clinical laboratory tests