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Click here to Access the on-line appointment system

Patients are reminded that they can have on-line access so you can organise your medical centre activities (booking appointments or requesting repeat prescriptions) at a time that is convenient to you.

Remember that on-the-day appointments are released on-line for patients every day-so you can book your own appointment on-line rather telephone the practice during the busiest periods.  You can also book telephone aconsultations to speak to a GP about an on-going issue.  Telephone consultations are not 'Face to Face' so make sure you book the correct appointment.

Speak to a Receptionist about how to obtain an on-line account.

To promote national self care week (14th to 20th November 2016) we have provided information to support you to self care. See the SELF CARE section to the right.

Do the HOW ARE YOU QUIZ .

 TELEPHONE CONSULTATIONS

TELEPHONE CONSULTATIONS WITH GPs ARE FOR 5 MINUTES AND ARE NOT FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENTS.  THESE TELEPHONE APPOINTMENTS ARE BEST USED TO TALK ABOUT TEST RESULTS OR TO FOLLOW UP ON SIMPLE ISSUES.  Please DO NOT ATTEND TELEPHONE APPOINTMENTS as the doctor may be working at a different location and may not be at the Practice that day.

Note about the Telephone system

The telephone system can handle more simultaneous callers in the morning when we are very busy and it will let patients know where they are in the queue. Patients can leave messages when the queries about their blood results or if they have a questions about a referral.

Blood test and other queries line: Contact the practice between 09:30 – 13:00 Monday to Friday! (Please check under 'New Services' for more details)

 

For Your diary

To help you plan your requests for any repeat medications the Bank Holidays coming up in 2016 are listed below.  You should plan ahead to give us a bit more time to arrange your repeat medications by making you requests at least five working days earlier around these busy periods.

  • Friday 25th March 2016
  • Monday 28th March 2016
  • Monday 2nd May 2016
  • Monday 30th May 2016
  • Monday 29th August 2016
  • Monday 26th December 2016
  • Tuesday 27th December 2016 (for Christmas Day)

 

 

 

 

 

Test Results

blood_takingMost test results are available over the phone by calling the surgery on 0207 385 7777

Please allow :

  • Up to 2 weeks for blood tests and x-rays
  • 2 weeks for radiology (ultrasound)
  • 7-10 days for any swabs
  • 8-10 weeks for cervical smears
  • 7-10 days for urine
  • 7-10 days for stools
  • 3-5 days for pregnancy test results which can then be obtained by telephone.

However, please bear in mind that the reception staff at the surgery are not medically qualified so if you let them know you are ringing regarding your test results then they will take your telephone number and get the nurse to call you back.

For an explanation about test results please click here.

Please note that certain sensitive test results, such as HIV, will only be given at an appointment with the doctor or nurse. Please discuss this with the nurse at the original appointment, when the sample is taken.

Further information about common tests can be found by clicking here.

Blood Tests

blood_tests_4A 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 Choices website.

X-Ray

doctor examining an x-rayAn 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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