Tests & Results
The practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection.
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.
It is your responsibility to call the surgery for results; however, if the result is significantly abnormal, a doctor will contact you. Please call 0207 328 8200 between 12:00 and 12:45 (Monday – Friday), to obtain your results.
The results of most tests such as bloods and swabs are available within 7 days of having the procedure, but some do take longer, for example x-rays and ultra sound scans.
The result of the cervical cytology screening test (smear) should be received by the woman at her home address, within 14 days weeks of having the test (but definitely within 4 weeks). These results are sent directly from Camden Primary Care Trust (PCT) to the confirmed address given at the time of having the test.
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
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.