Test Results Information

Specimens

Please hand laboratory specimens into reception at 08:15 at Queens Park, and before 13:00 at Honeysuckle Way, on weekdays.

Test results

The results of most blood tests, urine tests and x-rays can be requested online. Results can also be given over the telephone. To maintain confidentiality, results will only be given to the patients themselves, or to parents of children.

Please call after 11:30 for results. Some may require further discussion with a doctor or nurse, either over the telephone or in a surgery consultation.

Please note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection, and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate, unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data. As a result, we will not give results to a spouse without explicit permission from the patient.

When you take your test, you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice. It is your responsibility to check your results, and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if you are advised to do so.

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. 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 with a special cream before the sample is taken.

X-Ray

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 e.g. 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 website.