COVID-19: Keeping you safe at Sevenoaks Medical Centre More Close

Please be aware that unless you are a patient booked for a procedure with us we do not offer COVID-19 tests to members of the public. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you will need to access a test via the NHS. For further information please see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/or by call 119.

The safety of our patients, staff and the consultants we work with is our priority. We are closely monitoring guidance from the Department of Health and Public Health England and have put measures in place to keep you safe as a patient.

Please be aware of and adhere to the following:

  • Please wait in your car before being called in for your appointment.
  • You must enter the centre alone unless there is a clinical need for you to be accompanied and that this has been agreed in advance.
  • Until further notice, we are not permitting patients to have any visitors.
  • If you or anyone in your household shows symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to the centre, stay at home and follow the guidance available at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For more information on how we are keeping you safe at Sevenoaks Medical Centre, please follow the link below.

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X-RAY

Using a low level of radiation, an X-ray is a procedure that can produce images of the inside the body. They are used at Sevenoaks Medical Centre to help consultants diagnose and detect a range of conditions.

UNDERSTANDING X-RAYS AND HOW THEY CAN HELP YOU

Many problems can be identified with an X-ray, especially those concerning bones and joints. They can also be used to diagnose conditions involving soft tissue and body organs.

Our medical team use X-rays to help detect a range of conditions. This includes:

  • Bone breaks and fractures
  • Conditions involving the spine, such as scoliosis
  • Problems concerning the lungs, including lung cancer and pneumonia
  • Dysphagia, a problem with swallowing
  • Non-cancerous and cancerous bone tumours
  • Heart problems, such as heart failure

EXPLAINING THE X-RAY PROCEDURE

A type of radiation that passes through the body, X-rays can’t be felt and they can’t be seen by the naked eye. Quick and painless, the whole procedure lasts just a few minutes. The X-ray itself only takes a fraction of a second.

The X-ray machine looks like a tube containing a large light bulb. The radiographer aims the machine at the part of your body that’s being examined. You usually lie down on a table or stand against a flat surface – depending on what part of your body is having the X-ray done – for the procedure.

In order to stop the X-ray images from blurring, you will need to keep very still while the procedure is performed.

You shouldn’t need to prepare before you have an X-ray. You can also eat and drink, as normal, but may need to stop taking certain medication. We will discuss this with you. Pregnant women are also recommended not to have an X-ray, unless in an emergency.

For the procedure, it’s advisable to wear loose fitted clothing, but best not to wear anything containing metal, such as studded clothes or jewellery, which you’ll need to remove beforehand.

WHY CHOOSE SEVENOAKS MEDICAL CENTRE X-RAY SERVICES

Top radiographers and patient care – We work with a highly experienced team who will make sure you receive top quality care before your procedure takes place, through to any aftercare treatment you may need.

Digital X-ray technology – We use the latest technology advances to effectively and accurately detect many bone problems and body conditions. This helps us to provide you with quick and convenient diagnosis when you need it most.

Effective access for the best outcome – Our aim is to give all patients same or next day appointments when using the centre’s X-ray services. Our team will make sure the process is quick and effective, so we can focus on giving you the ideal outcome. Whether it is giving you peace of mind or providing the right treatment programme for you, we put exceptional healthcare first.

If you are interested in learning more about the X-ray services at Sevenoaks Medical Centre, or if you would like to book an appointment, call 01732 775 800 to speak to one of our team. You can also fill in our quick form to request an appointment online.