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The Orchard SurgeryPenstone ParkLancingWest Sussex, BN15 9AGTel: 01903 875900
Please note that you DO NOT NEED TO contact the surgery for the results. We will contact you within 3 weeks to advise you if any follow up is necessary.
You will NOT be contacted if your test is NORMAL and the Dr does not need to see you again.
If you are still unwell, however, please ring to make another appointment with your GP.
Your doctor will review your test result and contact you should you need to be seen. You do not need to contact the practice unless your doctor advises you to do so. If your doctor asks you to telephone regarding your result please only do so after 11.30 am.
Please Note: All special test results (blood tests, urine samples, x-rays etc) are checked by the doctors. You will be contacted if further action is needed, other than that previously arranged. Reception staff are not qualified to interpret test results but can pass on your doctor's comments to you.
By appointment 08:30 to 11:30 Monday to Friday.
Please contact reception to make an appointment.
When the surgery clinics are full patients are advised to attend the Hospital clinic.
Patients must remember to bring their blood test forms with them.
If you are having a FASTING blood test you must fast for 14 hours before your test. Do not eat anything after 7pm the previous night.
You MUST, however, continue to drink plain water (but not tea/coffee/fruit juice etc).
You may want to bring a snack with you to eat following your fasting blood test. Bring your medication with you if you are a diabetic so that you can take it immediately after the blood test.
We advise you to drink plenty of fluid before any blood test. If you do not drink enough the phlebotomist may not be able to obtain a blood sample from you and you will have to rebook another appointment.
If, however, your Doctor has said you should have a restricted fluid intake please drink as advised.
For other information about blood tests please go to the following website: www.labtestsonline.org.uk
Specimens must be left before 11.00 am and all bottles must be clearly labelled and sealed in a plastic bag. There is a dedicated Specimen Box located upstairs at the end of the coridoor beside the consulting rooms.
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.