Test Results

Results of Tests and Investigations

Test results are checked by your GP. Staff are able to advise you, once they have been checked, whether a result is satisfactory or whether you should consult your doctor.

Patients should telephone the surgery to obtain their own test results from 12 noon. Test results can take up to 2 weeks.

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.

The receptionist staff have no clinical training and they are not in a position to discuss any details regarding your results. Please avoid requesting explanations of test results from the reception team; they will be able to book a telephone consultation to discuss your result with the doctor. Non urgent recalls will be dealt with via text message requesting you to contact the surgery for a routine phone call. For Urgent recall test results, the doctor will contact the patients via phone.

If your results are normal we will not contact you but you would like to discuss your investigation please feel free to contact the surgery and book a telephone consultation with the doctor who arranged the investigation.

A copy of your test results can be provided via text message or email free of charge, however if you require a printout there will be an administration fee.

Patients may arrange to have their blood tests taken at Hillingdon Hospital,  Mount Vernon Hospital  or Oak Farm clinic (Tuesday morning by appointment only),  unless otherwise advised by the doctor.

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.

Children Blood Test

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. Please see/print information in the link below.

We can book children’s blood test appointments at one of the local surgeries. Please contact us on 01895632114/632021.  Click here to download the Paediatric Phlebotomy Patient Information Sheet (.docx, 380KB)

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.

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.

For more information about X-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks please visit the NHS Choices website.

As all x-rays have to be reviewing by a consultant, they may take up to six weeks for final report.

 

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