Test Results

Phlebotomy Clinics

Phlebotomy clinics are scheduled at the following times with our phlebotomist, Liz Blanchard:

  • Monday 08:30 – 12:00
  • Wednesday 08:30 – 12:00
  • Thursday 08:30 – 12:00

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.

Results of Tests and Investigations

We only receive test results for tests performed or organised by the surgery.

Where possible we will be trying to streamline results by giving normal results by text message. If you wish to discuss your results and how they relate to you medication or condition then please book a telephone appointment with the GP that has organised them.

Please allow 7 days for blood test results and 14 days for x-ray results.

Cervical Smear Results

The result can take up to 10 weeks. Routine smear results will be posted to you. If you do not receive them by 10 weeks please telephone the surgery for confirmation that the result has been received. 

Online Test Results

Please Telephone the surgery before 12.00 for any test results.

X-Rays

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.