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Is it standard to be send straight from a GP appointment for an x-ray?
Chest xray could be as TB is on the rise again and its a just to make sure (cases are still rare despite the rise). Chest infections can quickly become pneumonia as well if not properly treated so he is being extra careful would be my view.
Ime it is unusual. A Dr usually gives me a cxr request form, I then ring up one of the local departments and make an appointment for a few days time. The fact he was sent on the same day would make me think he has reduced air entry or something else that needed investigating sooner rather than later.
Yes normal in my area anyway, my DP had a chest x ray the other week, he was sent to the hospital's walk-in radiology clinic where you just take a letter from the GP with you, and wait your turn. They didn't find anything! Be warned, your DH might have to wait several days for the results though as they have to be reviewed by a radiologist and then sent back to your GP (by post in my area!).