TESTS AND RESULTS

Test Results

Please call between 11:00 and 15:30 to enquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request between these times.

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.

 

Blood Tests

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 a 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.

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.

As well as patients having blood tests within the surgery patients are also able to go to Ipswich Hospital or Riverside Clinic in Landseer Road Ipswich IP3 0AZ.

Ipswich Hospital are open for patients to just drop in Monday to Friday 07.30 to 17.45 and for pre-bookable appointments on weekday afternoons from 14.20 to 16.55 and on Saturday mornings from 09.00 to 11.25.

Children age 5-16 can have blood tests at the hospital as can patients requiring INR blood tests but these are not available on Saturdays.

Riverside Clinic is open for patients to just call in Monday to Friday 07.45 to 17.30 or to pre-book on weekday afternoons from 14.00 – 16.55. Riverside Clinic only do child blood tests age 11 to 16.

To book an appointment at the Riverside Clinic, or a saturday appointment at the hospital call: 01473 703721

 

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.

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