Results Of Tests And Investigations
The practice has a strict policy regarding patient confidentiality and data protection.
If your results have been reported to us as normal, you will not be contacted by the surgery. However if you are still experiencing symptoms and would like to discuss the matter further please book a routine appointment.
If the doctor or nurse wishes to see you with the results of a recent test, the care coordination team will contact you either by telephone or in writing. You may also receive an text message. This does not necessarily mean there is something wrong.
Test results will only be released to the person whom they relate to, unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this information or they are not capable of understanding the results.
The Care Coordination team are not allowed to give out test result information, other than what they have been instructed by the GP. Please do not ask them to explain the results - they are not clinical and therefore are not trained to do this.
Please phone after 15:00 for your results.
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. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/blood-tests/
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.