Test Results

Results of Tests and Investigations

Doctors and Nurses will advise you which tests are to be taken and when the results are likely to be returned. 

Reception staff can advise you about results, once the Doctor has checked them and is happy for these to be released. 

Please call us on 01259 216701 (option 4) between 14:00 & 16:00 to see if your results have been received in the practice.  This is a quieter time for our Receptionists and the telephone is not so busy at this time. 

If the Doctor wishes to discuss the results with you or arrange further tests, then they will advise Reception staff and you will be booked either a telephone appointment or a surgery appointment. 

We recommend the following website www.labtestsonline.org.uk to get an understanding of any tests taken and what are considered to be normal results.

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.