Tests & results

Test Results

When you attend a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. Please bear this in mind and only call the surgery between 2pm – 5pm once sufficient time has elapsed.

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.

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 Choices website.

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 child’s hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.

Fasting Blood Tests – Guidelines

When you attend the surgery for this blood test please ensure that you have been without food or drink (except water) for 14 hours. If you are taking medication, please take this as usual.

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.

Urine Samples

PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF URINE SAMPLES TO THE SURGERY FOR SUSPECTED URINARY INFECTIONS (UTI) UNLESS A CLINICIAN HAS REQUESTED YOU TO

The practice has a protocol to follow as dip testing samples in the surgery does not give the clinical information required nor an indication of how ill a patient may be.  A sample may need to be sent to the hospital lab but before doing so symptoms must be discussed with a clinician.

Due to new guidelines, your GP is no longer the first port of call for UTI’s – if you are female and aged 16-65 and think you may have a UTI you should now contact your Pharmacy first where they will assess you and provide necessary treatment.  If you have blood in your urine, are pregnant or have diabetes you still need to see a GP.

If you suspect you have a UTI and do not fit the criteria for Pharmacy please contact the practice to arrange a face to face or telephone consultation.

This procedure has been put in place following NICE guidance which you can find more information on by clicking the links below.

https://cks.nice.org.uk/topics/urinary-tract-infection-lower-women

https://cks.nice.org.uk/topics/urinary-tract-infection-lower-men

https://cks.nice.org.uk/topics/urinary-tract-infection-children

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