Test Results

You can request test results online should you require them. Please leave at least one week from when the blood or urine sample was taken to allow the results to reach the practice. Swabs, X-ray and ultrasound results may take up to two weeks. Smear results take up to 8 weeks and results are sent to you by the hospital.

Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on results therefore it is your responsibility to check them and make any necessary follow-up appointment with the doctor.

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.

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. The usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or back of the hand, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children may require a longer appointment and this should be discussed with the receptionist when booking the appointment. They are most commonly taken from the arm. The child’s arm will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.

There any many different blood tests that can be requested and you can find out more information about these on the NHS Choices website. Below is some information that you may find useful about some of the more frequently requested tests.

Some blood tests require the patient to fast overnight before bloods are taken in the morning. This means that the patient should not eat anything after midnight the night before and should only drink water.

Some drinks like tea and coffee with/without milk contain substances which will affect the blood test results and this would mean another blood test.

  • Fasting Glucose Samples – Minimum fast 8 hours
  • Triglycerides – 10-12 hours fasting sample required
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance – Minimum fast 8 hours
    (Please note: Glucose tolerance testing will be for a minimum of 2 hours where you will be asked to sit quietly in the surgery and not eat, smoke or use chewing gum.)
  • Cholesterol and HDL Cholesterol – Fasting not needed unless specified by GP

Diabetes

It is sometimes necessary to obtain fasting lipid results in diabetic patients. Diabetic patients should not fast on the morning of the test or stop taking their medication or change their existing medication.

X-Ray

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 website.