Tests and Results
A phlebotomy service is available at the surgery most morning between 8.00 and 10.30am. Patients who are unable to attend our phlebotomy clinics may also use the Phlebotomy Clinic at Croydon University Hospital.
When the Health Care Assistant or Nurse carry out the test, they will let you know roughly when the results will be available. Normlly the GP team will only contact you if the test is abnormal. You can also see your test results by logging into one of the following services:
Doctorlink: App on your phone or visit https://www.doctorlink.com/
Patient Access: App on your phone or visit https://www.patientaccess.com/
NHS app. Please see here for information if you have nopt already installed it on your phone: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-app/
On some occasion the clinician would like to discuss your results with you and they will book a telephone consultation with you.
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 website
If the doctor or nurse has asked you to provide a pathology sample e.g. urine, stool, sputum, these must be left at reception before 11.00am, Monday - Friday. Remember to lable your sample correctly.