Tests & Results

Specimens

Please ensure specimens are correctly labelled with your name and date of birth and brought to the surgery before 3pm. Samples will not be accepted unless you have either been assessed or asked to provide a specimen by a doctor or a nurse. If you feel unwell, we will offer you a consultation with a GP or a nurse, so an appropriate assessment of your symptoms can be made.

Bottles/specimen pots are available at reception. 

Any samples collected in containers not issued by the Surgery or in unlabelled or messy containers will not be sent to the laboratory for testing. 

  • X-Ray results can take up to 2 weeks to return.
  • Blood tests normally take 3- 4 days, but some can take up to 10 days.
  • Urine results usually take a week. 

Patients need to telephone the surgery after these timescales to obtain their results.

Test Results

Please phone after 10am for test results as the surgeries are exceptionally busy during the mornings.

A GP will have reviewed your test results which can be relayed to you when you phone in. If you continue to experience symptoms you may need to book another routine doctors appointment. For abnormal results, the Practice will try to contact you directly.

If you wish to discuss any results/letters from the hospital, please inform the receptionist the reason for your call so she can make sure the result/letter has arrived at the practice before you make an appointment to see or speak to a doctor.

We ask you to take responsibility for your health and that you contact us for the results of your tests. Please do not assume that if you have not heard anything that everything is ok.

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.