Blood tests (Phlebotomy)
Appointments are not required. The blood taking service is situated on the top floor of the St Paul's Medical Centre. It is open Monday to Friday 08:30 until 10:45am. Alternatively there is the outpatient blood service at Cheltenham hospital between 09:00 and 16:00. If these aren't convenient then make an appointment with our nurse.
Referrals and Test Results
Our surgery refers most letters electronically to the hospital. This should hopefully reduce delays in the hospital receiving your referral. Test results are received electronically for blood, microbiology (e.g. Urine results) and X-rays. These will be looked at by a doctor and a comment added, for example "Normal", "Speak to Doctor". It is important that you contact us for your results.
Other results such as X-rays and letters from specialists generally take some weeks before they are available for discussion with a member of the healthcare team. To take pressure off the busier mornings, we ask that you phone after 2pm for test results on 01242 215015.
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 (applies to all over 13 years of age), unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
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 your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if your are advised to do so.