Tests and Results

A phlebotomy service is available at the surgery every morning between 8.00 and 10.30am. Patients who are unable to attend our phlebotomy clinics may also use the community service, based at Woodside Health Centre, or attend the Phlebotomy Clinic at Croydon University Hospital.

When the doctor or nurse requests any test to be carried out, they will let you know roughly when the results will be available. Please ring the results line 020 8406 3503, if there is no answer please leave a message stating your name, date of birth and what results you are waiting to be informed of. You will then be contacted within 24 hours to be given your results. On some occasion the doctor would like to discuss your results with you so you will be asked to book a telephone consultation with that doctor.

Test results

 

Blood test

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 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 11.00amMonday - Friday.