Swadlincote Health CentreCivic WaySwadlincoteDerbyshire, DE11 0AETel: 01283 818100
If a home visit is required, please make your request between 8.30am and 10.30am. Details will be then given to the duty doctor, who will then contact you by telephone.
Please do not request a home visit unless you or the patient are too ill to come to the practice. Remember, a doctor can see five patients at the surgery in the time it takes to attend one home visit. Please use the service responsibly.
In the event of a life threatening emergency, such as severe chest pain, extreme shortness of breath or collapse dial 999 to call an ambulance immediately.
We now send normal test results via text messaging service, if we have consent by the patient to do so, and we have a current mobile telephone number. Sometimes various tests are done and so several normal result messages maybe sent. If your blood test result is abnormal or the doctor wishes to discuss the result with you the surgery should contact you via telephone or letter.
If you wish to enquire about your results please telephone between 11am and 2pm, as this is the period when the telephone lines are less busy and our staff will have more time to help you.
You will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results at the time of your test so please bear this in mind before calling. It is then your responsibility to check them and make any necessary follow-up appointment with the doctor.
Please remember that the staff can only act in accordance with the doctors instructions so may not be able to give you a result. This does not necessarily mean that there is a problem, but simply that the doctor needs to see you or talk to you to explain the results.
Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.
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:
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 Choices website.
Blood samples usually take around 3 days for the results to be sent back to us so please leave it abut a week before calling for the results, as our doctors will need to look at all the results and action them if necessary.
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. These are performed at a hospital, and not at this surgery. A request from the GP is usually sent to the hospital, who will contact you direct with an appointment.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.
Please answer the questions in the short questionnaire to enable us to assess your alcohol consumption rate and offer advice if necessary.
Alcohol Consumption Questionnaire
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