Results of Tests and Investigations
Results via text message - Following the latest upgrade to the clinical system we are again able to text results. You will receive a message from the doctor, either informing you of normal results or letting you know what action is required. Please make sure you update us of any changes to your mobile number.
Collecting your Test Results - All test results (with the exception of pregnancy tests) are available by telephone after 15:00. You can telephone the surgery for your result on 01376 347100 Option 3.
The receptionist will advise you whether any action is necessary. You must contact us yourself to collect your results. If you wish to provide access to third parties then written consent must be provided. Your consent will be added to your medical record. Note: should you wish to withdraw this consent it is the patient’s responsibility to advise the practice immediately.
Pregnancy Test Results - must be collected in person and will not be given over the telephone.
Blood Test Results - Please allow 2-3 working days and ensure you call after 15:00. If your bloods were taken at a hospital, the results may not necessary be returned to the practice and you may need to contact them for your results directly.
X-Ray Results can take up to 6 weeks before the results are available with practice.
Please note: Cervical Screening results are not sent by the surgery. The Health Authority will inform you of your results via post.
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.