TESTS & RESULTS

Test results for Blood tests, Stool and Urine samples that have been requested by the surgery (i.e. you have been given a form by one of our staff) usually take up to 3 days to process though some blood results may be available sooner.

Please call 0207 431 1588 to check your test results after 3 working days from 2pm onwards.

Test results are now available via Patient Access or NHS App once they have been checked by a Doctor. If you do yet have a Patient Access account, please speak to Reception. You can sign up to the NHS App online

Test results 

You will be advised on any further action such as making a telephone appointment or booking in to see a doctor.

We will contact any patient with an abnormal result either by text, telephone, email or  post. 

 Please always check to ensure your result has reached the surgery. If you can't trace it ie by looking at your online app then do check with us by calling reception or sending an econsult.

Results for x-rays are usually available after 3-5 days. We advise you leave a week before calling reception.

Results for other investigations such as MRI scans, Ultrasound results, ECGs and Echocardiograms or other investigations requested by the surgery take 1-2 weeks to arrive AFTER you have had the investigation done.

It is very important that you contact the surgery to check these results.

If results are normal, they will be marked as such by a Clinician and our admin staff will inform you of this.

They are not able to comment in any other way or give any advice on results. This needs to be done by a clinician.

Results of investigations requested in hospitals, i.e. not requested directly by the surgery for example during an outpatient appointment or A&E visit may not be available to us. You could in the first instance contact the hospital where this was requested or if you have difficulties with this, request assistance from our staff.

 

Blood test

Blood Tests

Blood samples are taken at the phlebotomy department at the Royal Free Hospital or University College London. 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

 

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 the NHS website.

X-ray

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