Test Results

Results Of Tests And Investigations

Please call between 11:00 and 15:30 to inquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request between these times. You can also request a call-back from the practice nurse to talk about your results.

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 take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice.

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.

The Practice nurses take calls between 12.00 and 1.00 to talk to you about your test results if necessary. 

Urine Samples

Urine samples are required if you think you might have a urine infection or if your doctor wants to check on the state of your kidneys, for example in diabetes care.

To provide a mid-stream urine please use a sample bottle from the surgery or a very thoroughly cleansed and rinsed other container.

Cleanse yourself down below with clear water only and dry. Let the first portion of urine run away and catch some of the middle section, if possible fill the bottle to the top of the label. Then close the bottle thoroughly and shake gently.

 Make sure you put your full name, date of birth and the first line of your address on the bottle as well as the date you have supplied the sample.

Please deliver the sample to the surgery reception before 11.00am on the same day you pass it.

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.