Test Specimens and Results
Please hand specimens to the receptionist by 11:30. Make sure that each specimen is carefully labelled with your name, date of birth and the date of the specimen and that the container is tightly closed. Please ask the doctor or nurse when the results are likely to be available. You will always be contacted if your result is abnormal and needs some action. You do not need to routinely phone for your results.
SystmOnline allows you to access your medical records including all results of tests. Please speak to reception if you wish to access this service.
SMS Text Service
If we have an up to date mobile phone number we can send you a text message about your results. We cannot actually give you the result, but can inform you whether any further action is required.
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 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.
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 Choices website.