Tests

Blood Tests

A Phlebotomy Service (blood taking service) runs five days per week within the Wigan Borough on an appointment basis.  It is most locally available at Golborne Clinic, though there are other sites where you can attend if you are unable to obtain a convenient appointment at Golborne Clinic.  If you are asked to go for blood tests, always ensure the Doctor or the Practice Nurse gives you a blood request form for you to take to your Phlebotomy appointment.  To arrange an appointment with a Phlebotomist, at a site which is convenient to you, please contact telephone number 01942 773151 (central booking line for the Wigan Borough Phlebotomy Service).

Fasting Blood Test

If you are asked to undergo fasting blood test, this will require you to fast from food and drink for 12 hours prior to your test - at the time of booking your Phlebotomy appointment, please point out your test is being carried out on a fasting basis and an early morning appointment will be offered to you if at all possible. 

Glucose Tolerance Test

If you have had a test to check the sugar level in your blood and the result comes back marginally raised, this may indicate that you may possibly be moving towards developing diabetes.  The Practice may advise that you undergo glucose tolerance test which can require you to be at the Phlebotomy Clinic for a number of hours - at the time of booking an appointment for such a test, ask for specific instructions as to how long you will be at the clinic and what the procedure for the test will be. 

Results

Blood Test Results

Blood tests are checked by the Doctor and Practice Nurse.  If the blood results require follow-up/discussion with you it is usual that one of the Clinicians will contact you to discuss same.  However, you must feel free to contact the surgery to ask for any test results - Reception staff will not be able to discuss such with you when you initially ring but they can arrange a call back to you to advise you of the results and whether or not any further action is required.

Other Laboratory Tests

Other laboratory tests, such as urine tests, cervical smear tests, certain swabs, nail clippings and such are organised on site at the surgery - the procedure with regards these test results are the same as with blood tests but, again, you should feel free to contact surgery to discuss such.

X-ray/Ultrasound Scan results

It can take up to two weeks to receive x-ray and ultrasound results  - please bear this in mind and leave a reasonable interval before contacting the surgery or making an appointment with your doctor regarding your x-ray/scan results.

ADDITIONAL ADVICE:

Please ensure we have your up-to-date telephone contact details so that we can contact you regarding any urgent test results.

The Practice telephone system proves particularly busy in the morning, therefore, we would ask that you telephone the Practice after 1.00 pm Monday - Friday (please note surgery is closed from 2.00 pm Wednesday).

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