Tests & Results

Blood Test Clinics - Urgent Notice

Due to COVID-19, there are some changes to how we deliver your phlebotomy service, all Blood Tests are now by appointment only.

Please telephone your local clinic to book an appointment to complete your blood test, as listed opposite.

REMEMBER Don’t forget to fast if this type of test which is required or the blood test cannot be performed, and please remember to take your blood form with you if you have been given one 

NB: Usually Closed Bank Holiday however during CORONAVIRUS PLEASE CHECK ARRANGEMENTS

Patient update Reminder: Blood test clinics in Preston, Chorley and South Ribble

Only the patient requiring the blood test should enter the clinic unless assistance is required by a carer or relative for the duration.

Booking Urgent Blood Tests

There are a number of ways to access urgent blood test clinic appointments. Both clinic options provide the same service. Please note the different opening times, contact details and location with the hospital sites.

 You should only attend one of these hospital clinics for an urgent blood test if:

  • your doctor has instructed you to do so, AND
  • has supplied you with a blood form to bring with you to your appointment.

The blood form is a requirement for your appointment so please remember to bring it along. If you have not received a blood form, but have been instructed to attend a hospital clinic, please contact your GP practice directly before attending.

Urgent clinic booking option: Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital, operating Monday to Friday 08.30am to 12.30pm.

To book your urgent appointment, please call 01772 524146 or 01772 524143 Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.

Samples

If you have been asked to collect a sample pot AND form by the clinician please use the INTERCOM to inform us that you are here to drop off your sample.

When dropping off your requested sample then please ensure it is fully labelled and in the correct sample pot - the lab will NOT ACCEPT any samples not in the correct pots.

Results of Tests and Investigations

You can now access your test results when signed up for GP online services

When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice. 

It is your responsibility to check back for your results and to make the necessary follow up arrangements to discuss them with your doctor if you are advised to do so

If you need to telephone the surgery for the results of a test, please do so after 2.00pm on 01772 214500 selecting Option 2

Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior consent for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.

If you have already given us your mobile number we may contact you regarding your results by way of text message with further health related information including links to sources of patient health information leaflets

X-Rays

An 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 an 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.