TESTS & RESULTS

Results

Please note - you will only hear the results of your blood test if there is an abnormality detected.

We offer online access to allow you to view your results on SystmOnline. 

With SystmOnline you will be able to view the actual test result and any comments the Doctor has made when they file your result.

In addition, this service allows you to view your record. 

The service is open 24/7 and can be accessed from your home PC, Tablet or Mobile phone.

By using this service you are freeing up our receptionists to answer urgent calls to the Practice.

In order to sign up to this service you will need to come to reception with Photographic ID.  You will be given a username and a password and can then access your account on your computer or via the NHS app.

If you are unable to access this service please call on a Tuesday or Friday between 3pm and 6:30pm to enquire about your test results.

Note that the Practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate, unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.

When you take your test, you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the Practice.

It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if you are advised to do so.

 

Blood Tests

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 child's 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.

 

X-Ray

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.