Results of Tests and Investigations
When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results Blood tests usually take 48 hours, however some samples are sent further afield for analysis in which case they may take up to 2 weeks. X-ray tests take 10 working days before being received by the Practice. Please bear this in mind and it would be of assistance when calling the surgery to wait until after after 11:00 am
The Practice does not routinely contact patients with results which are normal; if your test should show an abnormality then we will contact you by telephone so please ensure we have the correct telephone number.
Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on results but will at your request provide you with the values and whether or not they fall within range – they cannot provide a clinical interpretation.
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.
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.
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.