Tests & Results

Results Of Tests And Investigations

Test results will be given out between 10:00 – 16:00, Monday to Friday. Please ring 71314910

Results will be given out normally only to the patient or the patient’s representative, if a previous arrangement has been made, following confirmation of name, address, and date of birth.

Please note that due to confidentiality young adults aged 16 and over should ring in for their own test results unless a previous arrangement has been made.

If you need to discuss your test results further you should make an appointment with your GP.

Information Regarding Specimens

The drop-in sample box is no longer available. If you suspect that you have a urine infection:

  • Go to the treatment room
  • Please take a number
  • Fill in the urine form provided
  • Wait to be seen by a nurse

Any samples left on the desk will not be tested and will be discarded. You must wait to see the nurse.

If you wish to leave a faeces, sputum or urine pregnancy test that has not been requested by a GP you must report to your GP’s receptionist.

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.

X-Rays

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.