Tests and Results
Most test results take 2-5 working days to come back to the practice, although some results can take longer. We ask all patients to view their results online via the patient access system. To register for this service, please click here.
We will contact you, usually via text message, about any abnormal results. There are times when a GP may contact you by phone about results that need more urgent action. Please ensure that the number we have for you is correct.
If your result is normal and you don't need to do anything, we will not contact you. You can check your test results online using your online access account.
Whilst the surgery will endeavour to contact you about abnormal results, if you don't hear from us it is strongly recommended that you look up your results online, to minimise the risk of an abnormal result being missed.
Should you wish to opt out of receiving blood test results via text message you can submit an econsult via our website to request your test results
For patients who do not have a mobile number or internet access, please contact the surgery on 020 8678 5420 to check your results.
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.
If you need an X-ray it may be possible to arrange this to be carried out here at the West Gate Centre.
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.