Tests and Results
Phlebotomy Clinics are held between 8.00am - 12.00noon on Monday, Thursday & Friday, Blood tests must have been requested by a GP or Practice Nurse
Telephone 01895 435 377 to book an appointment
Request Test Results
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice.
It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if your are advised to do so. Our reception/admin staff can state if the test is marked as 'normal' by our clinicians but cannot advise you on the results or discuss abnormal results as they are not clinically trained to do so. If you have any further queries then please request to discuss with the clinical team.
Ideally we would ask the patients to telephone the surgery for their results. However, some patients do ask at reception if their results are in - please be aware that this is a public place. Therefore if you come in and ask for your results the reception ladies will ask if you are happy for the information to be released before divulging any information.
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 Choices website.
If you need an X-ray it may be possible to arrange this to be carried out here at the West Gate Centre.
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 Choices website.
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