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RESULTS, HOSPITAL APPTS & REFERRALS

Referral Letters and Hospital Appointments

If you require a referral to another service the GP will deal with the referral. Referral letters can take up to five working days to be typed by the secretaries. If you have asked for a referral to a private hospital/clinic - please do not book an appointment until you have been informed that the referral letter has been typed. All letters whether private or NHS are dealt with dependent on the urgency of the referral.

If you have been referred to a hospital and have not yet received an appointment please call the hospital and ask to speak to some one in outpatient appointments.

St Albans City Hospital               01727866122

Luton and Dunstable Hospital     01582491166

Watford Hospital                       01923244366

Lister Hospital                           01438314333

QE2 Hospital                             01707247831                        

Spire Harpenden                        01582763191

Test Results

We send text messages for test results. A GP will send a text message once they have reviewed the results. Please inform the Surgery of your mobile number to enable a text message to be sent - we hope this service will be extremely beneficial to patients.

test_results8Results of blood tests, cervical smear tests, X-ray reports etc. may be obtained by ringing reception

  • Harpenden patients please telephone 712021
  • Wheathampstead patients please telephone 833446

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.

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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