When you attend for 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 call the surgery between 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 18:00 once sufficient time has elapsed.
Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on results but will pass on any comments made by the clinician who has looked at the result.
It is your responsibility to call for your results and make any necessary follow-up appointment. If the follow-up appointment is with a doctor, to aid with continuity of care, it is best that you make your appointment with the doctor who requested the test.
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. 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.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
You may be asked to hand in a sample of urine for testing by a clinician.
Please ensure that your sample is in an appropriate container with your name and date of birth clearly marked on it. Please complete THIS SLIP and hand it in to Reception along with your sample or complete a slip at Reception.
If you have not been asked to hand in a sample but feel that your urine requires testing, please include a note advising why you think this needs testing, including any symptoms you have.