The Brooke Surgery

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Medical Tests: Understanding Results & Procedures

 

When you attend any type of medical test, it’s important to understand the process and the expected waiting time for receiving the results. To ensure efficient communication, we kindly request that you only call the surgery after sufficient time has passed. Please refrain from calling before 1pm for results as the phone lines are often under pressure at this time trying to accommodate other patients with appointments.

 

It’s crucial to note that our reception staff members are not qualified to provide comments or interpretations on test results. Therefore it is your responsibility to check them and make any necessary follow-up appointments with the doctor.

 

At our practice, we strictly adhere to a comprehensive policy on confidentiality and data protection.  In this respect, we will only give out results to the person they directly relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their disclosure, or in cases where the individual is unable to comprehend the results.

 

Blood Tests

A blood test is a common and essential medical procedure in which a sample of blood is collected for analysis in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and provide valuable insights into a person’s health. Let’s explore the significance and applications of blood tests in more detail:

 

  • Assess your general state of health – Blood tests serve as a valuable tool to assess an individual’s overall health. They can provide important information about various aspects of the body’s functioning, such as blood cell counts, cholesterol levels, and markers of inflammation.

 

  • Detecting Infections: Blood tests are instrumental in confirming the presence of bacterial or viral infections. By analyzing specific markers or antibodies in the blood, healthcare professionals can identify the causative organisms and determine appropriate treatment strategies.

 

  • Evaluating Organ Function: Blood tests are particularly useful for assessing the functioning of vital organs like the liver and kidneys. These tests can measure specific enzymes, hormones, or waste products in the blood, providing insights into how well these organs are performing their crucial functions.

 

During a blood test, a skilled healthcare professional called a phlebotomist will carefully collect a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. The most common site for blood collection 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. To ensure the child’s comfort, a special cream is applied to numb the area before the blood sample is taken.

 

To gain a deeper understanding of blood tests, their purpose, and the procedures involved, you can visit the NHS Choices website. There, you will find comprehensive resources that provide detailed explanations of different blood tests, their significance in medical diagnostics, and how they are performed.

 

Remember, blood tests are important diagnostic tools that can provide valuable information about your health. It is essential to consult with your healthcare provider to interpret the results accurately and understand their implications for your specific medical condition.

 

X-Ray

An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test that allows healthcare professionals to examine the internal structures of the body. This non-invasive imaging technique is highly effective in detecting various conditions, X-rays help detect problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer, providing crucial information for early intervention and improved patient outcomes. X-rays enable healthcare providers to make accurate diagnoses and develop appropriate treatment plans.

 

If you have an X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface, positioning the specific area of interest between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate. This setup ensures that the X-ray machine captures clear and precise images of the targeted body part.

 

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. Their expertise in positioning patients correctly and capturing high-quality images ensures the diagnostic accuracy of the test.

 

You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website. There, you will find comprehensive information that will help you understand the process, benefits, and potential considerations associated with X-ray examinations.

 

For more information on the other services we provide, take a look at our clinic page. You can also contact us for advice and to book an appointment.

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