Tests & Specimens
Our health care assistants take blood for testing, by appointment only and only at the request of the doctor. Urgent tests requested by the doctor will be taken on the same day.
Specimens to go to the lab for testing must be brought to the surgery before 11:00.
Results of Tests and Investigations
You can access your test results with clinician's comments via Online Services below.
The practice also operates a phone-in twice a day from 12:30 - 13:00 and 17:30 - 18:00 which is manned by one of the healthcare assistants to give out test results.
Please note that in exceptional circumstances there may be occasions when we are unable to offer this service due to the nurse being required to deal with an emergency in the practice. In such cases it will be unavoidable and we offer our apologies and ask for your patience and understanding.
The practice operates a strict policy whereby only qualified staff are able to give out test results to patients. This is for the protection of both our patients and non-clinical staff. Please do not put the reception staff in an awkward position by asking them for your test results, as they will have to refuse.
For reasons of patient confidentiality test results will only be given to the patient, or their parent/guardian for patients under 16. You may, if you wish, nominate someone else to obtain the results on your behalf. Please ask at reception for a form or download one below:
Please allow the following time for Investigations to come back:
- Blood results: 5 working days (some specialised tests may take longer)
- Urine/stool, swab results: 5 working days
- X-ray results: 2 weeks or longer at busy times
- Tests that are organised by the hospital will be available via the consultants secretary-please contact them.
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.
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.