Tests and Results
Test results will normally be available around 7-10days after you have had your test at the surgery. Some results, such as MRIs, take longer to arrive back at the practice.
You can either log in to your online account to review your results or telephone the practice. The practice will not routinely contact you about your results. It is usually easier to phone for results when the telephone lines are quieter, after 10:00am. The receptionist will be able to tell you what the doctor or nurse has commented on the result, and what you need to do next.
If you require a non-urgent appointment to see the doctor the receptionist will book you in to the next available appointment with the GP of your choice. When the doctor has commented the result is not urgent, it is appropriate to wait for a routine appointment.
If the GP has commented you need to be seen more urgently than the wait for a routine appointment, the reception staff will arrange this with you.
Please note if you had a test at the request of a consultant or other health professional not based at the practice, we will not be able to give you this result or chase it up for you. You will need to contact the consultant or health care professional who asked you to have the test.
For most blood tests you do not need to do anything specific prior to coming in. Drinking two large glasses of water will make it easier to have the test.
Fasting blood tests:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FASTING LIPID/GLUCOSE BLOOD TESTS
- NO alcohol to be consumed 24 hours before the test
- NO smoking 12 hours before the test
- NO food, tea, coffee or fruit drinks to be consumed 12 hours before the test – i.e. your last meal should be eaten by 8.30pm the night before
You may drink as much plain water as you like – we suggest two glasses before the test in the morning.
Please take your usual medication, unless you have diabetes. If diabetic, please delay your diabetic medication until after your blood test then continue as normal.
The test may have to be postponed if these instructions are not followed.
You can go to Kingston Hospital to have your bloods taken if you prefer:
The Phlebotomy service is available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday:
- 0830 only fasting patients
- 0900 – 1000 all patients
- 1330 – 1530 all patients
Please be advised this service is primarily for:
- School age children (7-16)from 3.30 to 5pm
- Early onset dementia
- Learning difficulties
- Frail elderly already attending the Trust that day
- History of poor venous access e.g. post chemotherapy
Patients attending the Kingston Hospital Phlebotomy service will require their NHS numbers.
Children under 7
Blood tests for children under 7 years of age at Kingston Hospital are by appointment only - to book an appointment, please call 020 8546 7711 ext. 6403
All children under the age of 16yrs attending the Phlebotomy should be accompanied by an adult.
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.