Palace Road Surgery

1 Palace Road, Streatham Hill, London SW2 3DY

Tests & Results

Test Results

Results from blood tests, swabs and urine tests taken in the surgery normally take about a week to come back. Smear test results take about a month. X-ray results from hospital may take between one and two weeks.

Please telephone for your result between 11.30am and 12.30pm; Monday to Friday and please be prepared to leave a message with the receptionist if the Doctor is in Surgery.

We can only give the result out to the patient (or parent of a child), we will not divulge results to anyone else except by prior arrangement with your doctor.

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 on the back of the hand, 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 Choices website.

X-Ray

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.

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