Results can take between 3-14 days to be sent to the surgery, they then need to be viewed by a GP before results can be given. We will contact you if a result is abnormal and / or you require treatment or further investigations. You will not be contacted if your result is normal.
If registered for SystmOnline, you can view your results, otherwise you will need to contact Reception, after 13.30 hrs, by telephone. Due to confidentiality, we would prefer not to give out results over front Reception.
Results for all patients over the age of 16 can only be given to the patient directly, except in exceptional circumstances.
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
All blood tests need to be authorised by a GP. A blood test usually involves the Phlebotomist / Health Care Assistant 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.
We do not routinely do bloods on children under the age of 16; please check with Reception.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website. All blood tests take place in the morning so they can be sent to the hospital lab the same day.
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.