Blood testing is available by appointment only with our Healthcare Assistant or Phlebotomist, weekday mornings.
If we have asked you to make a routine appointment for a blood test please note that ‘routine’ means any time in the next month or so.
Your blood test results should be available within a week. You can request your results online or telephone the practice, although the doctors comment on all results and if there is any follow up action needed, we will contact you.
You can telephone or visit the surgery for your test results after 12:00, Monday – Friday only.
If possible, please avoid telephoning for blood results on Mondays, as the phone lines can be extremely busy. You will be asked to call back if you contact the surgery for your test results outside of these times.
- You may be requested to provide a fasting sample. Fasting means nothing to eat or drink, except water, for 12 hours before your test, however it is important to make sure you continue to drink plenty of water whilst you are fasting.
- The reception staff are not clinicians. They are unable to advise you on what your test results mean. They can only pass on the doctor’s comments.
- We do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.
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 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 website.