If you have had a test such as a blood test or a smear test, the doctor or nurse will advise you when the result is likely to be available. The doctor will leave a message with the receptionist which may be that the result is normal and no action needs to be taken or you may need to collect a prescription or make an appointment to discuss the result with you.
Telephone the surgery after 14:00 for test results as the telephones are less busy at this time of the day and we have staff available who will be able to help you with your query.
Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.
Please bring samples to the surgery before 11:00 to ensure they reach the laboratory on the same day.
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 Choices website.
Blood Test Clinic
As a patient of Spa Surgery if you require a blood test you can take advantage of The Mowbray Square Phlebotomy Clinic that runs each week day from 08:00 – 12:00 on the ground floor of the Health Centre. No appointment is necessary, but patients need to bring the special form supplied by the doctor who has requested the blood tests.
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 Choices website.