As Mondays and Fridays are extremely busy days, requests for test results will not be dealt with on these days. Please submit requests to discuss test results Tues-Thurs. Please be assured that if a clinician needs to contact you urgently about a test result they will do so without delay. We will where possible send a text to advise that results are ok and that there is no change to your current treatment.
In order to maintain patient confidentiality test and X-ray results will only be given to the patient themselves or the parents of minors.
Please be aware of the following timescales for the practice receiving notifications of your test or imaging results:
Bloods – 7-10 days
X-Rays – 10-14 days
MRI/USS/Biopsies – Up to 1 month
We understand that you will anxious to receive the results of your tests and investigations at the earliest opportunity.
Please be assured that our Practice staff will always contact you as soon as possible if there are abnormal results.
Please see below for more information on Blood Tests, X-Rays and Specimens
A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing purposes 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 or kidney 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 the the surface of the skin. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child’s 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 part of the 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.
If you are required to provide a specimen please ensure it is received at the surgery before 1pm ensuring the container is clearly labelled with your details.