A significant number of various blood, urine, sputum etc. tests can be performed at our surgery in addition to more technical investigations such as ECG’s, Lung function assessment and on-site INR testing.You will need to make a routine appointment with your GP to identify the most suitable tests needed and thereafter with the Healthcare assistant to carry out his instruction.Other investigations such as X-rays and scans need to be referred by your GP and performed at the local Hospital. Be aware some test results can take 1-2 wks or more to return.
ECG’s, Spirometry and Swab tests
ECG’s are predominantly performed by all nurses and Healthcare assistants at Beechwood surgery; although on occasions also at Alway surgery by prior arrangement.Spirometry (Lung Function Test) is usually performed by the Respiratory Nurse specialist at her clinic.Swab tests from various sites, intimate or otherwise are usually performed by the Practice Nurse.X-rays and ‘scans’ are performed at our local Hospital following a referral by your GP. Please make an appointment with your GP to discuss the most suitable investigation.
Blood & Specimen tests
at Beechwood and Alway
Various blood, urine, sputum & other tests can be performed by all HealthCare assistants / Phlebotomists. You will need prior authorisation from your GP before they can be done.Appointments area available for various tests every day except Friday afternoon, as there is no further specimen collection by the laboratory after 1pm.Please be aware that some tests may need to be performed at a certain time of day only.INR (Warfarin) blood test monitoring is now performed on-site with results and treatment regimen available immediately. These too are performed daily except Friday.
available after having been first scrutinised by GP
Test results inevitably take at least 1 week to become available, with some more complicated investigations taking longer (as they have to be sent to a distant, more specialised laboratory). Exceptionally abnormal results are usually identified by the laboratory and phoned to the surgery at time of process.X-rays and scan results take at least 1-2 weeks to be reported on by the Consultant Radiologist prior to posting the result onward to the surgery.Be aware the administrative staff can only relay a result as given to them by the GP. They are not able to interpret any findings. Please make an appointment with your GP if you wish to discuss the results.