Tests and Results
Phlebotomy clinics are held at each of our surgeries by appointment only.
The Phlebotomy Clinic at the Day Centre, Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, Herne Bay is each weekday from 07:30 – 08:00 for fasting tests and from 08:00 to 12:30 and 13:00 – 14:00 for non-fasting tests. An appointment is now necessary so please contact 01227-594795 Between 08:00 and 12:00.
Please bring in samples to be tested at the local hospital before 12:00 each working day.
Please telephone between 2.30 - 5.00 p.m. when the receptionists have more time to help you.
You may be asked to make an appointment with the doctor.
A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:
- assess your general state of health
- confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
- see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm and the usual place for a sample 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. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS website
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 a 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 website.