Tests and Results

When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. Please bear this in mind and call the surgery between 14:00 - 16:00 once sufficient time has elapsed.

Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on results therefore it is your responsibility to check them and make any necessary follow-up appointment with the doctor.

Please note that we have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.

Please note that if you have registered your mobile telephone number with us you may receive an SMS text message about your test result.

Test results


Blood test

Blood Tests

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 website

If the doctor or nurse has asked you to provide a pathology sample e.g. urine, stool, sputum, these must be left at reception before 10.00amMonday - Friday.

There may be times when we are unable to offer blood test appointments, or we are unable to book an urgent blood test appointment. This could be due to capacity issues, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, staff illness, or it could be that our clinics are fully booked.

All of our patients are able to attend the Corby Nuffield Diagnostic Centre for all blood tests that we have requested. You now need an appointment to access this service, however, you do not always need to take any paperwork as this can be printed on site when you attend.  You can book your blood test by telephoning the appointments line on 01536 494411 between 09:30 and 15:00. The telephonist will endeavour to provide you with an appointment within two working days of your call or you can book on line via this link :- https://www.kgh.nhs.uk/phlebotomy-department-blood-tests


Corby Nuffield Diagnostic Centre
Cottingham Road
NN17 2UW

Telephone: 01536 748069

Opening Times

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

PCH Blood Letter For Patients

Dear Patient 

As we all adapt to the challenges living with a pandemic gives us, we are having to continually adjust our ways of working. This inevitably means there are some processes or services which were previously available at the surgery that we are no longer able to continue. 

One such service Oundle Surgery has previously been able to offer, but unfortunately is no longer able to offer, are blood tests which have been requested by Peterborough City Hospital.  All samples taken at Oundle Surgery are processed at Kettering General Hospital, the results are sent electronically back to the surgery and are then reviewed by the GPs. 

Unfortunately, there is no link between Kettering Hospital and Peterborough Hospital to enable the results to be sent electronically from one hospital to the other. This creates a delay in results being received by the original doctor who requested them and this may cause a delay in the treatment received by our patients. There are also some tests that Peterborough City Hospital request which are either time critical or are simply not able to be processed by Kettering General Hospital. 

We therefore request patients attend the City Care Centre, Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6DB for all blood tests requested by Peterborough City Hospital.  The City Care Centre Phlebotomy service is open between 8.00 am & 2.30 pm Monday – Friday.  You will need to take the blood request form you will have been given. The results of the blood tests will be sent direct to the Consultant or Clinician who requested them. 

Thank you for your support with this matter.

Yours sincerely

Oundle Surgery Partners