Grenoside SurgeryTel: (0114) 240 3159
Wadsley Bridge M.C.Tel: (0114) 233 9175
On a daily basis (Monday to Friday excluding Bank/Public Holidays) GPs review all clinical results which have been sent either electronically via ICE or in some other form such as by post.
The results are detailed into the following categories:
1. Urgent action to see the GP i.e. within no more than 72 hours
2. To see the GP, but it not urgent and thus can wait longer than 72 hours and have a routine appointment i.e. within 2 weeks.
3. To repeat the test within a defined timescale.
4. To see as planned.
5. No action needed by the patient.
Where the GP determines action is required in 1,2,3 or 4 of the above this will be written in the Practice's Results Book.
This is monitored on a daily basis and the following corresponding actions are undertaken.
Where this is determined the Administration Team at the practice will contact the patient by telephone to make the necessary appointment or undertake the actions required. If contact cannot be made, a letter is sent First Class asking the patient to contact the surgery.
In the above situation a letter is sent Second Class post to the patient detailing the action required.
Depending on the timescale of the repeat test instructions this may be a telephone call, a First Class letter or a Second Class letter.
No action - patients are normally advised when the test is undertaken to be seen in a set period, i.e. three months.
No action is taken by the practice.
The practice has a number of options when patients call the surgery. Option 4 is the Results Line which is open between 10.30 am and 12.00 noon Monday to Friday.
This message informs patients that where action is required the practice will contact the patient. It also states that patients can leave a voice mail and that ALL calls will be responded to as it is not appropriate to choose another option.
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:
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices 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 Choices website.
Test Results Protocol
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