TESTS & RESULTS
Results of tests and investigations
We ask all patients to phone the practice after 10 am for their results.
For routine blood test results phone a week after the bloods are taken.
For other investigations such as X-rays, scans etc, unless the GP has told you otherwise, please phone two to three weeks after the investigation date. Some results eg histology tests, heart investigations, certain blood tests etc, can take longer.
The reception staff will give results to you, or they may ask you to speak to the nurse or doctor. Adults' results will not be given to anyone other than the patient, except in exceptional circumstances.
If a test has been requested by someone other that your GP eg a hospital consultant, you should contact their secretary for the results, not your GP.
A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:
- assess your general state of health
- confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
- see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist or nurse taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website
If the doctor or nurse has asked you to provide a pathology sample e.g. urine, stool, sputum, these must be left at reception before 11.00am, Monday - Friday.
An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.
If you have a X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.
An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS website.
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