Tests and Results

Blood Tests

  • Blood tests are performed at several South London Healthcare Trust sites on a first come, first served basis.
  • You do not need to book an appointment
  • Visit the SLHT website for times and places for adult clinics or for special child clinics.
  • If your test is “fasting” you must not eat for 12-14 hours prior to the test. You can drink water during this time. You should also take all of your usual medication except in the case of diabetes medications which should be withheld until after the test.
  • Most results are received within 10 working days.Some tests take longer to process than others.
  • To obtain your results please call the surgery after 2pm or you can come to reception at anytime where we will print our your results.

Midstream Urine (MSU) Specimens

Most urine tests generally fall into one of a few categories – to detect infection or to detect protein in the urine.

Urine Tests

  • Midstream urine specimens are used for detecting infections.
  • You should start to pass urine into the WC for a few seconds before collecting the specimen.
  • MSUs are usually collected in red topped specimen containers with some preservative powder in them.
  • Specimens and forms must be labelled with the time and date of collection.
  • The specimen pot should be placed in the sealed compartment of the pathology bag and the form should be placed in the open side pocket.
  • You should collect the specimen in the morning and bring it into the surgery before midday.
  • Specimens collected after midday should be taken directly to the Pathology Laboratory at Princess Royal University Hospital.
  • How to obtain your results.

Early Morning Urine Tests (for detecting protein).

  • These tests are routinely performed on patients with high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease.
  • They must be performed first thing in the morning after rising from bed.
  • A white topped specimen container is used.
  • Specimens and forms must be labelled with the time and date of collection.
  • The specimen pot should be placed in the sealed compartment of the pathology bag and the form should be placed in the open side pocket.
  • You should collect the specimen in the morning and bring it into the surgery before midday.
  • Specimens collected after midday should be taken directly to the Pathology Laboratory at Princess Royal University Hospital.
  • See below for how to obtain your results.

Microbiology Swabs

  • Microbiology swabs used to detect or confirm the presence of infection are usually taken in the surgery by a doctor or nurse.
  • Results are usually available within 10 working days.
  • It may be necessary to prescribe medication such as antibiotics on the basis of the results. If this is the case this will usually be done automatically and you will be advised to collect a prescription.
  • How to obtain your results.

Semen Samples

  • Abstain from sexual intercourse for 3 days prior to the production of the specimen.
  • The specimen must be obtained by masturbation at home and collected directly into the container provided.
  • The specimen and form must be labelled with the full name of the patient, date of birth, and time and date of production of the specimen.
  • The specimen should be delivered to the Pathology Reception area (2nd Floor South Wing Zone B) at Princess Royal University Hospital within 45 minutes of production.
  • Specimens must be handed to a member of the Microbiology staff between 0900 and 1100 Monday to Friday ONLY (excluding Bank Holidays).
  • See below for how to obtain your results.

Stool Tests

  • Stool samples should be collected in the morning and placed into a brown topped container.
  • Specimens and forms must be labelled with the time and date of collection.
  • The specimen pot should be placed in the sealed compartment of the pathology bag and the form should be placed in the open side pocket.
  • You should aim to collect the specimen in the morning and bring it into the surgery before midday.
  • Specimens collected after midday should be taken directly to the Pathology Laboratory at Princess Royal University Hospital

Cervical Smears

  • Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women. Fortunately, in most cases, it is preventable thanks to HPV vaccination and cervical screening.
  • The NHS National Cervical Screening Program is for women between 25 and 65yrs old.
  • Letters of invitation are usually sent at 5 yearly intervals.
  • Women with previously abnormal results may be invited to attend more frequently.
  • The cervical test is taken by the practice nurse or in some circumstances by a GP.
  • When you receive your invitation please speak to a receptionist who will book your appointment.
  • Please ensure that you tell the receptionist the reason for booking the appointment
  • You can have your test at any time when you are not bleeding.
  • Results are sent by letter approximately 10 – 14 working days after the test.
  • If you have any concerns or problems having a cervical test or with you results we encourage you to speak to the receptionists at the surgery. If necessary a Practice Nurse or GP can contact you.
  • More information including online videos.

Chlamydia Screening

  • Summercroft participates in the London Chlamydia Screening Programme for young people “Check Urself.” Any 16-24 year old Summercroft patient can obtain a test by asking for a Check Urself kit at our reception desk. This can be taken away and sent off at a later stage but we recommend that a urine specimen is collected in our WC and returned to the receptionist for immediate dispatch.
  • You do not need to contact the surgery for your result, it will be sent directly to you by text message.

Obtaining Results

  • Cervical Screening results are sent by post and chlamydia tests by sms text.
  • Most other tests are processed within a10 – 14 working days and sent to the surgery.
  • The doctor will view your result and leave a comment on your medical notes advising you of the meaning of the results and what action you may need to take.
  • You should wait 2 weeks after having the test before calling the surgery in the afternoon, for the result and the doctor’s comments and advice.
  • Please do not telephone for results in the morning.
  • Please do not to come to the reception desk for your results. We are unable to explain them to you in the presence of other people in the waiting room.