Patient Information Leaflet

Dorking Hospital X-ray Service

The Dorking Hospital X-ray department is open between:

Monday to Friday 09:00-12:30 and 13:30-16:30

This is a walk-in service via a referral from your GP, you do not need to book an appointment.

What is a plain film X-ray?

A plain film X-ray is a diagnostic test that is done to show up bones and certain other tissues. These tests are completely painless, you cannot see or feel the x-rays. It is important that you do stay still for the duration of the X-ray, as otherwise the picture may become blurred. More than one X-ray may be taken from different angles to provide as much information as possible.

X-rays do use radiation but the benefits and risks of having an X-ray will be weighed up by your doctor before it’s recommended. Please talk to your doctor or the radiographer about the potential risks beforehand if you have any concerns.

Before your X-ray

It’s a good idea to wear loose comfortable clothes. Try to avoid wearing jewellery and clothes containing metal (such as zips), as these will need to be removed. Please be aware that bras with underwire and/or metal clasps will need to be removed if you are having chest, spine or abdomen X-rays. Please note that the radiographer will not be able to hold any personal affects during the examination. There are portable screens available for use if you are required to undress.

For all X-rays, you should let the Radiographer know if you’re pregnant. X-rays can be performed whilst pregnant, but further precautions will be put in place.

Unfortunately, we are unable to hoist patients but if you can self-transfer onto a bed or chair, we can still perform your x-ray.

During your X-ray

When your doctor or consultant refers you for a plain film X-Ray you will need to come to DHC Outpatients at Dorking Hospital to make sure that you are checked in by the reception staff. Once you have been checked in you will be signposted to the X-ray waiting room, from there you will be called in to the X-ray room by the Radiographer.

The radiographer will perform the X-ray which usually takes between 2-10 minutes.

After your X-ray

Once the diagnostic is completed the referring doctor will receive the report within 2 weeks to review and advise you of any further steps required.

Special requirements

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