Test Results

Results Of Tests And Investigations

Test results are first checked by a doctor before being passed to the receptionists.

If there is any urgent follow-up required, you will be contacted by our reception team.

If you have not been contacted and want to receive your results, please can you ring for results after 11.00am each morning. The phones are often busy with patients requiring appointments and visits before this time.

Please be aware that receptionists are not clinically trained so will not explain the details of numeric results; they will let you know whether results are normal or abnormal, and whether any follow-up is required.

Please note that results will not be given to a third party for patients over 16 years of age and all our staff respect your medical records as being strictly confidential.

Blood Tests

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.

X-Rays

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.