Results Of Tests And Investigations
Should you have any tests undertaken please telephone the practice after 1pm one week later to receive the results, or 2 weeks later for X-ray results. You can also use Online Services to look up your results if registered.
When telephoning the administrative staff will give results to you with the doctor's comment or you may be asked to speak to a nurse or doctor. Adults' results will not be given to anyone other than the patient, except in exceptional circumstances.
We will contact you only if a result is abnormal and you require treatment or further investigations.
labtestsonline.org.uk has useful information for patients about why Tests are done and what the Results mean
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 a Health Care Assistant (HCA) or 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.
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 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, who is 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.