TESTS & RESULTS
When a test is requested you will be asked to contact the surgery a few days later to obtain your results. Results are also available to view using online access.
The results are carefully assessed by the doctors in the practice and a comprehensive comment is written on your medical record so that our highly experienced reception team can relay this information to you.
If you are registered for Patient Access you can access your results here: Patient Access online system
If a result requires more urgent attention we will endeavour to contact you but please accept it is your responsibility to check results have been received back by the practice.
A very useful guide to test results is available here
- We encourage all patients over the age of 16 to use our online service to access your test results and your hospital letters. This will help to ensure that you are kept informed and able to actively manage your own health.
- If you prefer to telephone, please call between 2pm and 4pm to enquire about your test results, as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request between these times.
- Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
- When you have your test you will be told approximately how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice. Although we will endeavour to contact you if an urgent problem is detected, it is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if you are advised to do so.
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.