Test Results

Please visit our Test Results triage for information on your test results. You can also call the practice onĀ 0208 102 2324 after sufficient time has elapsed for your results.

When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results.

Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on results, therefore the doctor will leave a comment and the reception staff will pass on this information to patient only I.e. – no action required, book routine appointment etc.

Please note that we do 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 call for results after 11:00.

Specimens

If you are asked to bring in a specimen, please make sure that bottle is marked clearly with patient name and date of birth, and is accompanied with the request form given to you by the clinicians, and both are placed in the plastic bags provided.

Without this your specimen will not be accepted.

Please make sure that this is handed in at reception by 10:00.

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.

X-ray

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 you have a 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 NHS: X-ray.