Tests & Results
Results of tests and investigations
The receptionists are not clinically trained to explain test results to patients. They can only pass on any information regarding your test that the doctor instructs them to tell you. The receptionists will book you a telephone consultation if you wish to discuss your results with a doctor. If you would like copies of any of your test results please provide us with a stamped addressed envelope and we will send them to you. Alternatively, speak to a receptionist and arrange to collect them from the reception desk.
Please allow at least 10 working days for X-ray results to come back from the hospital and be checked. For all other routine tests allow three days and contact the surgery for the results after 11.00am. It is the responsibility of the patient to contact the surgery for their results. Please note that patient information is only given to the patient (normally aged over 16) and not to a relative, unless consent has previously been given.
If your test has been requested by a hospital consultant, these will go back to the consultant to be reviewed, they will then send us a letter summarising all of their findings, this sometomes takes longer.
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 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 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 a 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 website.
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