Test & Results

If the doctor orders tests for you, you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. As a rule, tests take the following amount of time to be completed by the hospital:

  • blood/urine tests 72 hours
  • x-rays 1-2 weeks
  • scans, stool/sputum samples 2-3 weeks

If your tests have been requested by a hospital consultant, then they will provide your results to you in person, by letter or on the telephone.

When calling for results, please call the surgery after 14:00 once sufficient time has elapsed.

Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on results therefore it is your responsibility to check them and make any necessary follow-up appointment with the doctor.

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 prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.

Blood Tests

Why do I need a blood test?

Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test to assess your health. Your GP, consultant or healthcare professional will tell you if you need to have a blood test and refer you to this service.

They will give you a form or an order number when they refer you which will let us know what type of blood test you need. Please bring the form or order number with you to your blood test. (please see Our Services - Clinic and Services for further details about appointments).

Can I eat or drink before my blood test?

For certain tests, you cannot eat anything and can only drink water for a period of time before your test. This is called a ‘fasting’ test - your referring healthcare professional will tell you if you need to do this. If you are taking medications with food and need to fast before your blood test, please ask your GP for advice.

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.

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