Nursing Clinics and Investigations / Tests

These tests will have been requested by your doctor to help with the diagnosis or the monitoring of your condition.shutterstock92184442-w200h138

Blood taking (Phlebotomy) Once your doctor has recommended you have a blood test, please book this with reception.

The blood test should only take 5 to 10 minutes.

Fasting blood tests Sometimes your doctor will have asked for your blood tests to be ‘fasting’. Please let reception know this when booking the appointment. It is very important that you do not ear or drink anything other than plenty of water from 10pm the night before your blood test. Under 12 years? We are unable to provide a blood taking service for this age group. Your doctor will give you a blood form and you should arrange an appointment at QMC (0115 9249924) to have the tests. Housebound? For patients who are housebound, we can arrange a home visit by the Community Phlebotomy Team.

See below information about Results.

ECGs This is a recording of the electrical activity of your heart. Once this investigation has been requested by your doctor, please book an appointment with reception. The appointment will take up to 20 minutes. In some circumstances, you may be asked to wait after you have had your ECG whilst a doctor reviews the result.

Lung Function Tests (Spirometry) Once these have been requested by a member of our clinical team, please book at reception.

Nursing Clinics Our Practice Nursing Team are fully trained to offer a wide range of services, including dressings, suture (stitch) removal, routine injections/immunisations. They also run a minor illness clinic. If you would like to book an appointment with the nurse, please speak to reception.

Results When your doctor asks you to book in for the tests, they will let you know what to do about getting the results. This will be in one of two ways:

You will have been asked to book a routine appointment with your doctor to discuss your results, whatever the outcome. Please allow at least one week for the results to come back.

You will not have been asked to book a routine appointment to discuss your results. Instead, one of our team will contact you if any action is needed once your doctor has reviewed your results. In this instance, if you do not hear anything, no further action is required. Please make sure we have an up-to-date contact number.

NB Our reception team is not trained to interpret the results of ANY investigation. Please do not ask them to do so. If  you wish to discuss your results then please make an appointment with your doctor.

Statement for Patients

We are sorry for the inconvenience being caused for our patents trying to contact the practice by telephone recently. You may have found that trying to reach us first thing on a Monday morning has been particularly difficult.

Like many GP practices in Lancashire, our telephone system is run by a local NHS IT provider who are aware of these issues.

We want to assure you these problems have been escalated and explain that fixing them is not in our control, so please be patient with us whilst they are being addressed.

We have been told that over the next few weeks, a short term fix being put in place that should ensure our telephone systems can stay online during very busy periods. In the longer term, we know that upgrades are being made to the system that should fully resolve the problems.

Remember, there are other ways that you can contact the practice. Firstly if you are able please review our web pages please do this is where we will provide you with the most up to date methods of contacting us or where appropriate other alternatives exist such as:-

* MyGp or PatientAccess ; an app that you may have already downloaded (if not please do and follow the instructions for use) which you can use to book appointments, contact the practice or order your prescriptions.

* As usual, you should dial 999 in an emergency and can access NHS111 or your local pharmacy for advice.

Coronavirus – Advice for Patients

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu and it does not necessarily mean you have the illness.

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Information for the public is available at and

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at