We provide a whole variety of tests at the surgery upon request (urine, blood, faeces, sputum, nail cuttings, skin scrapings, swabs etc)
We provide a phlebotomy (blood sample) service via the Healthcare Assitant and Practice Nurses at the surgery every morning. They are also able to perform blood or urine pregnancy tests at the surgery or can provide you with a kit to perform in your own home if you prefer.
The GP also performs DNA Tests for private patients at the surgery va a mouth swab - there is a charge for this service and it is normally organised via a solicitor or social services.
We have a daily collection for samples at lunchtime so the majority of samples need to be returned to the surgery or taken at the surgery before 12noon as they will not keep until the following day. We provide a cage on both letterboxes so that samples can be posted in the appropriate tightly closed containers even when we are closed. Please ensure the specimen labels are completed with your name, date of birth and NHS number or they may be rejected by the laboratory.
If you are asked to fast for a blood test, this means you should have nothing to eat or drink but water for the 12 hours prior to your test.
Please ensure the correct sample bottle is used if you are asked to provide a sample for testing. No matter how well you wash out a container it will lead to contamination which may mean the test will have to be repeated which delays the results for you and your doctor.
Please access your test results online here or call after 11am to enquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request.
We have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results. This is at the GP's discretion.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice. It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment with your doctor if you are advised to do so.
If you need help understanding your test results please go to labtestsonline.org.uk