Tests and Results
When being referred for investigations, please follow up for results. Do not assume that all is well if you do not hear from us.
When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. You can check all your results as and when you choose by using the NHS App. It is easy to install and to use and can be used on an ipad, mobile phone or desk top computer.
Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on results therefore it is your responsibility to check them and make any necessary follow-up.
If you do call the surgery please call between 11am and 2pm but do allow at least 5 working days for results to be available.
Please note that 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 written permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.
We no longer routinely take Urine samples unless these have been requested by a clinician or the patient has defined symptoms. Please see the patient information leaflet and Symptom form.
- Sample Form
- Information Leaflet
For this test please request a pre-labelled pot and purple type 4 semen analysis forms. These are available from our Health Care Assistants and your doctor/nurse will request these for you.
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 the back of the hand, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples taken at our surgery are only taken from patients that are over 16 years old. Blood samples from children are taken at St Peters Hospital for which the parents will be required to make an appointment directly with the hospital.
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 a 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.
We do not issue prescriptions for Diazepam for patients who request such sedatives prior to an MRI scan. You should discuss this with your hospital radiology team who can supply videos, online help and prescribe if deemed suitable.
The Royal College of Radiologists states that , a “trained and credential team should administer sedation and analgesia”. There is also an emphasis on thorough pre-procedure assessment, planning and monitoring.
The Practice is sympathetic to such situations however this policy is enforced on medico-legal advice. For more information please visit the NHS Website.