Patients are requested to ring in for test results after 11:00. Patients may also be contacted by telephone or letter asking them to arrange an appointment to see the doctor or to arrange a time when the doctor can speak to them over the telephone.
We are encouraging patients to keep us up to date with telephone numbers and email address as a means of contacting patients.
Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given the surgery prior permission for their release or is under the age of 16 when they will be given to a parent or guardian.
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.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
Your doctor may refer you to the hospital for an X-ray which 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.
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.