In this page:
- Tests results and investigations
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
Results of Tests and Investigations
When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results.
The Practice will contact you if needed. If you are not contacted within a week of your blood test the result had been classed as Normal. If you are still concerned, please, phone the surgery after 14:00 to check. Please, avoid the mornings as lines are more busy at that time.
If you would like to make an appointment with the doctor to discuss results of tests, please make sure it is the doctor who initiated them.
*Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding 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.
Please bring urine samples to the surgery before 13.00, this is to make sure that your treatment is not delayed should your sample need to be sent to the lab.
A urine test can be performed at the surgery to diagnose any urinary tract infections and allow us to act quickly in helping to provide the right medication.
Please come to Reception if you feel you may be suffering from a urinary tract infection.Sample pots and a short form to complete can be collected from the surgery which we will hand over to the Health Care Assistants to test. If an infection is found they will contact you to collect a prescription.
On some occasions the sample may be sent to the lab for further testing.
You can find out more about urine 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, 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.