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Information for Patients

Making an appointment

A referral from your GP, Hospital Clinician or health practitioner is required for any Radiology investigation.

Referral forms can be downloaded from this website using the link on the left hand side of this page.

Completed forms can be returned to us by fax or E-mail.

After the referral form has been received you will be sent an appointment. Appointments can also be made by phoning the relevant number below.

Ultrasound bookings 01225 825529

CT bookings 01225 825989

MRI bookings 01225 824072

Your examination

Many radiology examinations are termed ‘scans’. This term is usually applied when high-tech imaging equipment is required such as Ultrasound, CT, Nuclear Medicine or MRI.

The radiological staff can provide information about the preparation, if any, required prior to your examination.

If you are referred for MRI you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire prior to the examination to ensure that there is no contraindication to performing this test.

Prior to any investigation which involves injection of contrast agents, you will be asked if there is any history of diabetes, asthma, kidney disease, thyroid conditions or allergies to medications, iodine or shellfish, which may indicate an increased risk of reaction to the contrast agent. The risk of serious allergic reaction to contrast media is rare. The Radiology staff have been fully trained to deal with any reaction.

Women should inform the Radiologist or Radiographer before their examination if there is any chance that they are pregnant, or if they are breast-feeding.

Further details about a particular examination can be obtained from any of the Consultant Radiologists. Alternatively, we can recommend a few useful web-sites, which provide related information.

Your report

Tests are reported promptly by the Consultant Radiologist who will send the result to your GP or referring Consultant. Posted reports are usually received within a few days. More urgent reports may be faxed or telephoned through to the referring doctor. If you are seeing a hospital Consultant immediately after your test, please inform the Radiology staff so that arrangements can be made to make the report available to the Specialist prior to your Consultation. Reports and images are fully integrated within the NHS. A CD of your scan can be provided or sent to your referring clinician.

Payment

Information about the cost of any Radiological examination can be provided by the Radiology staff.


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