Southernhay House SurgeryTel: 01392 211266
Whipton BranchTel: 01392 211266
When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. Please bear this in mind and call the surgery after 14:00 once sufficient time has elapsed.
Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on results therefore it is your responsibility to check them and make any necessary follow-up appointment with the doctor.
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 and this is documented on their medical record or if they are not capable of understanding them.
Our receptionists will normally book a single appointment (10 minute) for a blood 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:
Fasting Blood Tests
Our receptionists will normally book a single appointment (10 minute) for a fasting blood test and they will always try and make it early in the morning where possible.
In order that the blood test is viable you need to make sure that you don’t eat anything after 12am (midnight). You may still drink water and take your tablets.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
Your doctor will refer you to the hospital should you need an 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 Choices website.
Our receptionists will book a 20 minute appointment for you to have an ECG. This will usually be with the Health Care Assistant.
An ECG records the rhythm and electrical activity of your heart. A number of electrodes (small, sticky patches) are put on your arms, legs and chest. The electrodes are connected to a machine that records the electrical signals of each heartbeat.You may be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up.
Although an ECG can detect problems with your heart rhythm, an abnormal reading does not always mean there is anything wrong, nor does a normal reading rule out heart problems.
In some cases you may have an exercise ECG test or 'stress test'. This is when an ECG recording is taken while you are exercising (usually on a treadmill or exercise bike). If you experience pain while exercising, the test can help identify whether your symptoms are caused by angina, which is usually due to CHD. NHS Choices website
Our receptionists will book a double appointment (20 minutes) for a smear test though the actual test will usually take around five to ten minutes to carry out. An instrument called a speculum will be gently inserted into your vagina to hold the walls of your vagina open so that your cervix is visible. A small brush-like instrument will be used to take some cells from the surface of your cervix.
The sample of cervical cells will then be sent to a laboratory and examined under a microscope to see whether there are any abnormal cells.
To find out more about cervical screening visit the NHS Choices website
A Doppler assessment is used to detect any arterial or vascular insufficiencies in the body's circulation. A Doppler machine (similar to that used in detecting a baby’s heartbeat on pregnant women) is a hand held device which is used to amplify a received signal into an audible sound. By taking blood pressure readings in both arms & legs, and using the doppler that help us to 'listen' to the veins & arteries, we can then apply a mathematical formula to the readings that help us to determine how healthy the circulation is. There are numerous reasons why we should wish to carry out this task, and the results will very much determine what treatment is then offered. To get the most accurate result we would ask that patients arrive at the surgery in good time - so they are well rested, and their blood pressure is as stable as possible. This task is not to be rushed and that is why we allow approximately 50 minutes for this procedure.
The nurses will need access to your upper arms and lower legs so it would be helpful to wear loose fitting clothing that can be pulled up or down. Tights, stockings and socks will need to be removed but any dressings can remain in place.
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