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Test and Results

You may ring the surgery for the results of tests but please remember the following points:

Results will only be given to the specific patient to whom they apply. In the interest of confidentiality please be prepared to identify yourself. Please do not phone for results for friends / relatives without prior arrangement (written consent will be required.)

You will need to know the test results that you require. Some tests take longer than others to process. If you have had several tests then reception staff will not necessarily know whether all the results are back unless you can identify them.

Please do not expect reception staff to have any medical knowledge. They will be able to give you the result and inform you of the action the doctor has requested.  

Please telephone after 2pm to allow time for the doctor to have seen the result.

Sample Containers

If you need to bring a sample please use an appropriate container, i.e. clean and sterile as the laboratory will not be able to process the sample if it has been compromised.

Blood Tests

blood_tests_4A 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 health care assistant 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 Choices website.

Test Results

You may ring the surgery for the results of tests but please remember the following points:

Results will only be given to the specific patient to whom they apply. In the interest of confidentiality please be prepared to identify yourself. Please do not phone for results for friends / relatives without prior arrangement (written consent will be required.)

You will need to know the test results that you require. Some tests take longer than others to process. If you have had several tests then reception staff will not necessarily know whether all the results are back unless you can identify them.

Please do not expect reception staff to have any medical knowledge. They will be able to give you the result and inform you of the action the doctor has requested.  

Please telephone after 2pm to allow time for the doctor to have seen the result.

Sample Containers

If you need to bring a sample please use an appropriate container, i.e. clean and sterile as the laboratory will not be able to process the sample if it has been compromised.



 
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