Test Results

Results of Tests and Investigations

Please only phone for test results between 11:00 and 14:00.

A member of the reception staff is available during these times to deal with your call.

If you have had any tests such as x ray or blood tests, you can phone or call into the surgery.

The doctor or nurse will say how long the results will take.

If the results are normal the doctor will have entered normal on the results and the receptionists will ask you to confirm your identity and then give you this information.

If the doctor wishes to discuss the results with you the doctor will have written "Please see Doctor" and the receptionist will not be able to discuss this further but will make an appointment for you to see your doctor who can explain the results to you.

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.


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.