Test Results

Results Of Tests And Investigations

If you are waiting on the results of tests ordered by your doctor please contact the surgery a week after they have been done.

Patients are welcome to telephone the surgery between 14:00 - 16:00 for results.

Please note the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. We will only release test results to the person to whom they relate, unless that person has given prior written permission for the release of the results, or they are not capable of understanding the 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 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 Inform website.   A blood test is not always appropriate in every circumstance.  Medical advice should always be sought from your GP or Nurse Practitioner.

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 Inform website.