Test Results

Blood Tests

If you have been asked to book a blood test appointment by either your doctor at the surgery or by a consultant please contact the surgery on 01278 795445 and press option 1 for appointments.

We offer blood tests at both surgeries on a daily basis but they do get booked up quickly, so please book your blood test in advance if possible.

Please be aware that if you have not been asked by a doctor or a consultant to have a blood test we will not be able to book you in for a blood test appointment. If you have any health concerns that may require a blood test please arrange to speak to your GP first.

If you have been referred by a consultant to have a blood test please ensure you bring the blood test forms or the letter with the details of what tests they require with you to your appointment.

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 childs 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.

Results of Tests and Investigations

If you have had blood tests or X-rays organised by the practice the doctor will contact you by letter or telephone if any action needs to be taken. If you do not hear from us, then you can assume that no action is necessary.

If you wish to check your results you can contact the results line, please select this option when phoning, between the hours of 13:30 and 15:00 only. Test results on average usually take a week to 10 days to come back.

If you would like someone to contact the surgery on your behalf to obtain your results, then please advise the doctor or nurse who is taking the test to record their name on the computer. If you would like to give ongoing permission for this person to act on your behalf, please see the section on patient confidentiality.

Specimens are sent to the laboratory every weekday by 15:00. If you are asked to hand in a specimen, please ensure that we receive it by 13:45 (weekdays only). Similarly, if you need a blood test please make an appointment in the blood test clinics only.

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.