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Tests and Results
As soon as your test results are processed on our system, you will receive a text for non-urgent follow up action or if your results are normal. If the doctor needs to discuss your results with you, the text will advise you to contact the surgery for a telephone appointment. If no further action is required on your part, your results will be filed in your medical records.
If you receive a text from us advising you to contact the surgery to discuss your test result, please do not panic. We will contact you by phone if you need to be seen urgently. The Reception/Admin staff will be able to see any comments entered by the GP and advise you accordingly.
You can also check your results online via Patient Access. If you do not have access, please contact a member of staff so that they can set this up for you.
Test results take up to seven working days to process. Please contact the surgery if you have not had contact with the surgery after seven days
We cannot give your results to any other member of your family or a friend so please do not ask them to ring on your behalf. The receptionist may need to check your identity if you are asking for a result. Please do not be offended; it is to protect your privacy.
Enquiries regarding test results or any others will be dealt with between 11.00am and 1.00pm or between 3.00pm and 6.00pm.
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 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 website
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.