Tests and Results
We offer a choice of phlebotomy facilities to patients who can have blood taken in a community setting.
Many of our patients prefer to go to Hornsey Central Neighbourhood Health Centre or the Whittington, as these are walk-in services with no appointment needed, you can therefore go at a time that suits you. We can offer phlebotomy at the surgery for those who are happy to wait for a booked appointment in advance, or those unable to get to Hornsey or the Whittington.
Please ask reception for details of times and locations of these services, or download blood test information here.
Please note, no tests are processed without authorisation from a doctor or nurse. Tests have to be interpreted in context with the clinical situation and as such must originate from a health professional.
Please speak to the reception staff from 10:30am any weekday for test results. The average wait times for a result are:
- Xrays 1-2 weeks
- Blood tests 5-7 days
- Smear 2 weeks
If a result requires urgent action then we will contact you. We will NOT contact you routinely for normal results. Therefore, please always phone the practice for your results following any investigation. Do not assume that they are normal if you do not hear from us - you may not have updated your contact details, or we may have tried to contact you without success.
The interpretation of test results is a complex field that requires training and understanding.
Doctors request tests for many different reasons: they may be looking for a particular problem or trying to rule something out. There is a thought process involved and it is best to discuss your result with the doctor who ordered the test rather than another doctor, as they will be in the best position to understand what the results mean.
You may see a little red “exclamation mark” beside a test indicating that a result is outside the normal range. This may be significant, but in many cases it is not and your doctor will know whether this is the case and if any action needs to be taken.
Results have to be considered in the context of the patient’s age and ethnicity; previous results; the reason for the test; and what other results show. The doctors have over time also taken advice from specialists as to what is significant and needs follow up, and what can be seen as normal.
All results are viewed and marked by a doctor. If a doctor has marked a result “normal” then you do NOT need to be concerned, even if there is a red exclamation mark next to it.