Colindale Medical Centre

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Test Results

 

 

Download the NHS App, or open the NHS website to check your test results

 

   

 

How to check your test results?

 

1. Log in to your NHS account on your computer or smartphone

2. Click on Your health

3. Click on GP health record

 

When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. Please bear this in mind and only call the surgery after sufficient time has elapsed.

Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on results therefore it is your responsibility to check them and make any necessary follow-up appointment with the doctor.

Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.

We will only call you should there be a need to do so. If your results are entirely normal, we will not call. If you do not hear from us, it means everything is ok. If we do call, we will do so as soon as we receive the results back.

 

Our telephones are very busy in the early morning. We ask you to telephone for test results (e.g. blood, urine, x-ray) after 11.00.

 

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.

 

Most routine blood test will take 3 working days. The following blood tests will take longer:

  • Diabetes Blood Test (Hba1c) – 1 week

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Blood Test – 1 week

  • Coeliac Blood Test (Endomyssial Antibody) – 2 weeks

  • Vitamin D Blood Test – 3 weeks

 

Other tests will take:

  • Chest Xray – 10 days

  • Ultrasound Scan – 10 days

  • Helicobacter Breath Test – 1 week

  • Urine Sample – 1 week

  • Sputum Sample – 1 week

  • Stool Sample – 1 week

  • Skin Scraping – up to 3 month

  • Nail Clippings – up to 3 months

  • Vaginal Swab Test – up to 2 weeks

  • Smear Test – up to 2 weeks

  • 24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitoring – 3 days

  • Home Blood Pressure – 3 days

 

If the doctor has asked you for a repeat test, please do not worry. If there is a serious problem the doctor will speak to you directly.