Test Results

blood tests

How do I obtain my test results?

SMS Messaging

We are now able to send an SMS message to your mobile phone, with your consent, to notify you of test results.  Please note, that you may receive more than one SMS message if you have had more than one test.  This SMS message will not contain detailed information.  If you do not receive a text with your result then please call the surgery between 2.30pm-5.00pm to enquire.

Online Service

Patient's can now access results of tests that have been requested by the surgery via our Online Service.  For more information on how to register for this service please ask at reception. This will also give you access to book appointments, request repeat prescriptions and view a summary of your record.

By Telephone

You can obtain the results of tests requested by the surgery by calling the surgery between 2.30pm-5.00pm.

Please bear in mind that it can take up to 2 weeks for blood results to be reported on.

Specimens

Please do not drop off your specimens unless you have been asked to by a clinician. Please ensure your specimen has your full name and date of birth clearly written on the container, as the lab will not accept unlabelled specimens. 

Please note that specimens will need to be dropped off at the surgery by 1pm. 

Please do not put specimens in glass containers. If you require a receptacle, please ask at reception. 

PLEASE DO NOT PUT SPECIMENS THROUGH THE LETTER BOX. PLEASE HAND IN AT RECEPTION.

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.