Tests & Results
These should be handed into reception before 11:00. These are collected before Midday by the hospital courier. Please ensure any specimen bottles are securely capped / closed, attached to a fully completed request form and are labelled with your name and date of birth, or the hospital may be unable to carry out the test. Sample containers and advice on their use are available from reception. Tests to check for infections (swabs, urine, faeces, sputum etc) take a minimum of 5 working days to be reported by the laboratory as they need time to grow bugs if they are present.
Blood Tests, X-Ray and Ultrasound Investigations
Blood tests are normally carried out at Hillingdon Hospital Phlebotomy Department open from 08:30 to 16:30 on weekdays (no appointment necessary), or by appointment at The Hesa Centre, 52 Station Road, Hayes. You will need to book an appointment at the Hesa Centre on 01895 484800. Routine blood tests are reported from the laboratory to the Practice usually within 5 working days. More complex or specialised tests may have to be sent away to specialist laboratories and may take weeks to be reported. Blood tests for elderly & disabled patients can be carried out by our health care assistant at the practice. Please book an appointment at reception.
Results of Investigations
Please phone the surgery after 11:00 seven days after your tests. To safeguard your confidentiality you will be asked a number of questions to confirm your identity. We strive to maintain high standards of confidentiality for our patients therefore you may occasionally be requested to attend the surgery in person to discuss your results, providing confirmation of your identity (e.g. passport, driving licence, etc.) when you attend.
Cervical Smear Results
These will be sent by letter from the Health Authority. If you have not received your results 6 weeks after your smear please contact the Practice.
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.
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.