Tests and Results
Blood Results Text Service
Did you know that you can receive your results via your mobile?
If you consent and provide an up to date mobile telephone number, you can receive test results by text message. This will provide you with information about your test results as soon as they have been reviewed by a clinician and will avoid you having to contact the surgery for your results. If you want to know more then please ask our reception team when booking your next blood test appointment or ask our HCAs.
If however, you would prefer to phone for your results then that is no problem. All that we ask is that you call for your results after 2pm, Monday to Friday. Sometimes patients ask for their results at the front desk. If you wish to do this then we politely remind you that this area is not fully confidential and our receptionists will ask you for your consent at the time of the request. Remember that you can also ask us to print you a copy.
The results of blood and urine tests are usually available after 16:00, at least five working days after the specimen was taken.
Please note that many tests do take longer. The reception are able to advise you of the result of most of your tests once received from the hospital but it is the doctor’s responsibility to ensure all your tests are reported and it is our policy to advise you of any significant abnormal results.
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.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS 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 a 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 website.