Results Of Tests And Investigations
When you have a blood or other test taken naturally you will want to know the results.
We have now moved to a different way of informing you of test results - we will contact you.
Often when clinicians are sending you for tests they are simply checking to make sure everything is in order. The vast majority of test results come back within the normal range and no further action needs to be taken or initiated. Some 'abnormal' results may even be acceptable or 'normal' for the individual patient.
We have therefore changed our method of advice for results - we will contact you if you need to "speak with the doctor" - "repeat the test" - "repeat the test in 3 or 6 or 12 months" - or anything that we need to carry out further actions or investigations.
We will either ring or write to you to advise you to make an appointment or speak on the telephone to the doctor.
Test results are generally back within ten days, there are exceptions and some microbiology tests (not blood samples) take anything up to 6 - 8 weeks.
Please feel free to speak to reception and they will advise you if your tests are back and make suitable arrangements with you to get the results.
Appointments for these tests are made in advance through the receptionists and are available at both The Knoll and Kingsley. Appointments with the Phlebotomists are always in the morning.
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.