Tests and Results
Test results (including blood and urine) generally take between 3 to 7 working days to come back from the laboratory. The GP or nurse taking the sample will advise you when to ring for your result. X-ray results take 2 to 3 weeks to be processed.
To obtain your results please ring the surgery in the afternoon once the results have been received from the pathology department.
All results are reviewed by your GP who will advise reception on any action that may need to be taken (e.g. make an appointment to see the GP, telephone the GP or have test retaken etc.) Reception will only give you a result that the GP has commented on. If the GP has not seen the result you will be advised to ring back.
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 relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.
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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.
Urine Samples: Please give all urine samples to Reception before 11am. If any specimens are delivered after this time, the notification of your results will not be until the next working day.
Blood Tests: Please can patients drink plenty of water prior to your blood test (including fasting bloods).
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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