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The Department of Clinical Radiology at the South Bristol NHS Community Hospital is designed to cater for the walk in patients from the urgent care centre, in-patients and for adult patients referred from their GPs for non-urgent non-invasive x-ray examinations and open access abdominal ultrasound examinations.  

Types of referrals

Direct access

NB  These referrals are only valid for one calendar month from date of referral

Without an appointment - plain x-rays

  • For all open access requests patients should be provided with the appropriate information sheet
  • Appointments are not required for general non-invasive studies, eg lumbar spine and chest x-rays. Patients will be examined on a first come first seen basis.
  • Following an electronic (ICE) request, patients need to report to the X-ray Reception. If ICE is not available then patients should bring a completed request form with them.

Attendance times Monday - Friday      9am - 5pm
Waiting times are usually approximately 20 minutes for x-rays. However there could waits in excess of 30 mins at the busiest times of 10.30am to 2pm.
Patients can also attend the X-ray Department, Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Open Access abdominal ultrasound examinations

  • Specific appointments are not given for upper abdominal ultrasound (GB, biliary tree, pancreas, liver, spleen, aorta, kidney). Patients will need to ring the number supplied asap for a convenient slot to be arranged at South Bristol Community Hospital or Bristol Royal Infirmary within one month of the request. Please see details stated on the specified request/information sheet.
  • Patients should attend following the required preparation, and if the referral has not been electronically, then the patient will need to bring the request form with them.

Your examination results

When you have an imaging test it is important that the doctor who requested your tests acts on the results.
Your examination will be conducted by a radiographer and a formal report issued to your GP or clinician by a radiologist.
Reports should be with your GP within ten working days. If you have not been told your results by your GP, contact the surgery and do not assume there is nothing you need to know or "no news" means all is well.
For hospital referrals the results will be ready for your next hospital clinic visit.

Contact us

Main Reception: 0117 342 9696

Information for GPs