Test Results

Results Of Tests And Investigations

When you attend for a test of any kind the GP or nurse will be able to advise you how long it will take for the practice to receive the results. When the practice receives test results the GP/nurse decides if any further action is required. If you need a prescription, an appointment or any further tests, we will contact you to advise you. You will not be contacted if your result is normal.
 
The most efficient way to access test results is via online services or via the e-consultation service. If you are unable to use the e-Consultation or online services and need to telephone the surgery for results, please do so in the afternoon when the telephone lines are less busy.
 
For results please complete the e-Consultation admin form here.

The Patient Services Team can provide you with results however, they are not qualified to interpret or comment on results. They will provide you with comments / information added by the doctor or nurse at the time the results were filed. There may be occassions where you are asked to speak to the nurse or doctor.

We 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 Note: If you are awaiting results for tests or investigations requested by someone outside of the surgery, such as a Consultant or other healthcare professional, please contact the appropriate service, hospital department or Consultant's Secretary to request these results.

 

Blood Tests

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

 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 3.15pm, Monday - Friday.

X-Rays

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 an 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.