Results of Tests and Investigations
Clinicians ordering blood tests or other investigations will discuss with you how to get the results. You can access your results via the NHS App or onlines services. If you need to telephone for results please do so between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.
- Most blood test results are available within 7 days.
- Urine tests within a week.
- Cervical smear tests take up to 3 weeks.
Before leaving the surgery you should expect to have a clear understanding of when and how test results will be made known to you.
Your GP will file the results in your notes and only contact you if appropriate. If you wish to discuss your result in detail, you will need to arrange an appointment to speak to a GP or Practice Nurse.
Please note we are only able to give test results to the patient themselves (over the age of 16 years) unless we have written consent given permission to pass the information to another named person. Forms are available at reception.
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.