Kemnay Medical Group10 High StreetKemnay, AB51 5NBTel: 01467 642289
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 Healthcare Assistant 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.
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Requests for blood Tests are subject to prior instruction or authorisation by a Practice GP or Secondary Care (Hospital Department) only.
Any patients requesting additional tests which have not been prior agreed/authorised will be refused and shall require a GP consultation to request.
You can contact them on the Outpatient booking line.
Click on the link below to find out more information and contact details:
Requests for blood tests, urine or stool samples are subject to prior instruction or authorisation by a Practice GP or Secondary Care (Hospital Department) only.
Carol who is our Nursing Technician, takes most of the blood samples.
Carol works Monday through to Friday with a half day on a Wednesday.
A courier takes the samples every day to the laboratory at approximately 15:30 every afternoon.
It is always worthwhile talking to a doctor first, if you think you may need bloods taken and to be sure that the right test is being done.
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Results can sometimes take a few days to come back from the labs and be reported on.
You will be advised to call back for your results in a few days.
Our administration team are not clinically trained to interpret results therefore can only give out the information that the GP or Nurse Practitioner has asked them to.
Normally you will be notified by the administration staff or clinician if you need to make a follow up appointment or have further tests.
The GP will also normally advise if they want to discuss your results with you in an appointment.
Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection.
Results for patients aged over 12 years old can only be given to the patient.
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.
You can download a Consent for Results form; this information will be recorded into the patient's medical records.
You will find this form in the New Patient Tab and then in the Registration Tab.
We will do our best to contact you personally to tell you a result if the Clinician wishes that you be contacted rather than wait for you to phone in for your result.
The reception team will not leave a message on an answering machine, other than asking you to contact the Surgery, this is for Data Protection and adherence to patient confidentiality legislation.
Please also take note that you generally will be called from the surgery on a landline that has 'number withheld' or 'unknown caller' ID.
Please remember that the staff can only act in accordance with the Clinician's 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 talk to you, to explain the whole situation.
The results of tests carried out during hospital visits are not normally sent to the practice.
Specimens should be handed in to the Surgery as early in the day as possible.
Please ensure that your sample is sealed securely, samples that leak, may cause delay in your result/s or having to be repeated.
Please ensure, that your Name and Date of Birth are on the container.
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Your GP or another healthcare professional may ask for a urine sample to help them diagnose or rule out health conditions. Urine contains waste products that are filtered out of the body. If it contains anything unusual, this may indicate an underlying health condition. Common reasons for being asked to provide a urine sample include.
If you are in the practice your GP or nurse will give you a container and explain how to collect a urine sample. On certain occasions you might be asked to provide a urine sample by letter or over the phone. In these instances, you can collect a sample container from our reception desk.
As long as the sample is clean and properly labelled you can drop the sample container in at the reception desk. If you can’t hand your urine sample in within an hour, you should keep it in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge (for no longer than 24 hours) to prevent bacteria multiplying and affecting the test results.
You can collect a urine sample at any time of day unless your GP or practice nurse advises you otherwise. If your doctor gives you any other instructions, you should also follow these.
A mid-stream urine sample means that you don’t collect the first part of urine that comes out or the last part. This reduces the risk of the sample being contaminated with bacteria from:
Many urine samples can be quickly analysed using dipstick analysis so you should know the result immediately if you are in the practice or within 24 hours if you have dropped a urine sample off to us.
For some more complex tests we need to send your urine sample off for laboratory testing at one of the local hospitals.
In these instances, it might take up to 5 days for results to come back to the practice. These are sent electronically and are checked every day by our GPs.
If there is a cause for concern, we will phone or write to you within 24 hours of receiving the result.
Blood pressure is the pressure created when blood is forced out of the heart and comes into contact with the walls of the arteries which transport blood around the body. The pressure of blood flowing in the arteries changes according to the different phases of the heartbeat cycle. The pressure in the arteries will be at its highest when the heart is ‘contracting’ and pumping blood out, and at its lowest as the heart relaxes before it pumps again.
Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers: the systolic pressure (as the heart beats) and the diastolic (as the heart relaxes between beats). The numbers are written one above or before the other, the systolic number on top and the diastolic on the bottom.
Your target blood pressure should be less than 150/90 unless you have been told otherwise. If you have any coronary heart disease such as angina or have had a heart attack or stroke, or have diabetes or kidney disease, it is better for your target blood pressure to be less than 130/80.
High blood pressure – hypertension – means that your blood pressure is constantly higher than the recommended target blood pressure. Over time if this is not treated, you become more at risk of heart disease or having a stroke.
You may be asked to come to see a nurse for a blood pressure check and if it is found to be above the recommended target, you may also be asked to have a number of tests – blood tests, an electrocardiogram (ECG), a painless procedure which records the electrical activity of the heart, ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) which records your blood pressure over a 12 hour period during the day – to help your doctor decide if treatment is necessary.
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Surgery blood pressure measurements do not always give a true picture of what your blood pressure is doing over your normal day. Some people are found to have a higher blood pressure when at the surgery or when they are not relaxed.
It is now recommended that a better way to check your blood pressure is to measure it yourself twice each morning and evening when you are at home, relaxed and comfortable. This will then give us an idea as to what your blood pressure really is, and whether the measurement's we take in the surgery are similar to those you record at home.
If you have your own blood pressure monitor, you may be asked to record a series of readings over a week to be averaged and recorded in your notes. If you do not have your own machine, you may be loaned a machine from the surgery which a nurse will demonstrate how to use. (Please check with reception regarding the availability of blood pressure monitoring equipment).
A Doppler test managed by is undertaken to help measure the flow of blood through the arteries in your arms and legs using sound waves to make a noise when blood flow is detected. The Doppler is used in place of the stethoscope normally used when taking blood pressures. The test is to detect if there are any abnormalities in the flow of blood in your vessels.
A Doppler assessment is a painless procedure and often undertaken as part of any overall assessment of whether provision of support or compression hosiery (full length or knee-high stockings or socks) may be helpful to you.
What is a Doppler test? - Heart Matters - BHF
Damage to any part of the ear can cause a hearing loss. Problems may occur in the ear canal, or the middle ear and hearing loss can be temporary or permanent. A hearing test checks whether there is a problem with any of the different mechanisms that allow a person to hear.
The test involves the use of a special machine called an audiometer, which plays a series of tones through headphones, which you will be asked to wear. The tones vary in pitch and loudness and the nurse conducting the hearing test will control the volume and tone of the sounds relayed through the machine. You will be asked to respond to each sound you hear even if very faint.
The results of a hearing test will form a graph called an audiogram. This will show if there is any pattern to the hearing loss you may be experiencing and help your doctor assess the most appropriate management.
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Helicobacter pylori is a germ which can infect the lining of the stomach and can cause a range of stomach problems for some people. Once identified, it can be easily treated with a course of antibiotics and acid suppressing medicines.
Infection with helicobacter pylori can be confirmed with a breath test performed by the nurse at the surgery. A sample of your breath is analysed after you have taken a special drink given to you.
There are some requirements necessary before you take the test such as withholding any regularly taken antibiotics or stomach medications for a few weeks.
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There are a number of chest conditions, which may cause breathing difficulties. Sometimes it is helpful to see how well you breathe out to help diagnose any condition or to see if the treatment you are having is working well. This may involve you blowing into a machine – a spirometer – which measures how well you can breathe out.
There are some requirements necessary before you have the test done, such as withholding use of your usual inhalers for a few hours, or usual tablets relating to any chest condition for 24 hours and avoiding vigorous exercise prior to the test.
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Sometimes you will be asked to undertake a spirometry test with reversibility. This means you will be asked to blow into the machine without using your inhalers first and then again after you have used your inhalers.