Results of Tests and Investigations
On average, please allow 2-3 working days for your test results to come back from the hospital unless your doctor has advised otherwise. Please note that X-ray results take a little longer, usually 5-7 days.
For your test results, including blood tests, x-rays and other investigations, please telephone the surgery after 14:00, Monday to Friday. Sometimes we cannot always give full results over the phone. If the result is complicated, or if the doctor wants to speak with you about the result, we will offer you a telephone consultation or face to face appointment.
With very limited exceptions, we will only give results to the person who has had the test. Similarly, for reasons of security and confidentiality, we are not able to email results, or discuss other medical issues online.
Please note that pregnancy test results are only given by letter to the patient, in person, and cannot be given over the telephone by the receptionists.
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.
Did you know....
You can also book your blood test at the hospital?
If you need your blood test urgently or are unable to get one at the Practice within the timeframe you are looking for, you can book a test through the phlebotomy service at Hampshire Hospitals.
This is an appointment service only (no walk-ins) and patients can find full details and sign up and create an account to the online booking system at hampshirehospitals.nhs.uk and search for blood tests.
You can also book via telephone by calling 01256 314751. Lines are open Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm
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.