Tests and Results
You are welcome to call after 11:00 to enquire about your test results when our staff will have more time to help you. You are also able to check your results online. Please remember that it is your responsibility to check your results with the surgery. We will only contact you if more immediate action is required. Check at the time of your test how long you should expect to wait for the results to be available.
Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they belong to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them. If you wish to give permission for another person to be able to receive results and discuss your health care you will need to complete a form which we will keep as part of your medical notes.
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 and 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. For more information please visit www.nhs.uk.
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. For more information please visit www.nhs.uk.