Tests and Results
It usually takes about two weeks for the results of tests to be ready. After this time routine enquiries about results are welcome (but please only contact reception between 2.30 - 4.00pm when it is less busy). The receptionist may be able to give you the result under the doctor’s instruction but CANNOT make any comment. Also, for reasons of confidentiality, results will only be given to the patient concerned.
In the event of an abnormal result, it is our policy that the practice will contact the patient to arrange an appointment face to face or telephone to discuss the result.
Patients have three options to have their blood tests done: at the surgery Monday - Thursday 9.00am to 10.30am by appointment or Croydon University Hospital Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm where no appointment is needed; at Brigstock Medical Practice: Telephone: 020 8684 0033 (by appointment). Other specimens should be left in the treatment room at the surgery by 12 noon in order to be picked up by the daily hospital collection.
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 11.00am, Monday - Friday.
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.