Test Results

Results of Tests and Investigations

Please note that you DO NOT NEED TO contact the surgery for the results. We will contact you within 3 weeks to advise you if any follow up is necessary.

You will NOT be contacted if your test is NORMAL and the Dr does not need to see you again.

If you are still unwell, however, please ring to make another appointment with your GP.

Your doctor will review your test result and contact you should you need to be seen. You do not need to contact the practice unless your doctor advises you to do so. If your doctor asks you to telephone regarding your result please only do so after 11.30 am.

Please Note: All special test results (blood tests, urine samples, x-rays etc) are checked by the doctors. You will be contacted if further action is needed, other than that previously arranged. Reception staff are not qualified to interpret test results but can pass on your doctor's comments to you.

Laboratory Specimens

Specimens must be left before 11.00 am and all bottles must be clearly labelled and sealed in a plastic bag. There is a dedicated Specimen Box located upstairs at the end of the corridor beside the consulting rooms. 

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.