Tests and Results
Blood test results are normally available within two working days. X-Ray results are received at the practice after 5 days. Each test result is reviewed by your Doctor who will leave a message attached to the result, for example “normal” or “speak to the Doctor”.
The receptionist will pass on this message but is not allowed to interpret the result further.
Specialised tests such as 24 hour ECGs and Echo-cardiograms take up 2 weeks.
The Health Authority will write to women directly with cervical smear and mammogram results.
Please telephone after 11.30 am when the surgery lines are less busy. We encourage all our patients to call for their results. It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if requested, however if you forget we would try to contact you if your result is abnormal.
Please note that you cannot ask for results on behalf of another person (except for someone under the age of 16). You may be asked to provide some means of identification e.g. Date of Birth
When you have your blood test taken you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice.
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 website
Where can I get reliable information about what my tests mean?
Lab Tests Online is a very informative upto date and accurate source of information on blood tests.
TEST ABBREVIATIONS - what they stand for and what they are looking for
|FBC||Full blood count||anaemia, infection, blood cells|
|ESR||Erythrocyte sedimentation rate||signs of inflamation or infection|
|U+E||Urea and electrolytes||kidney and salt balance|
|TFT||Thyroid function tests||thyroid gland|
|LFT||Liver function tests||liver and protein metabolism|
signs of inflamation and infection
|RBG||Random blood glucose||diabetes|
|CK||Creatinine kinase||muscle metabolism|
|Lipids||or lipid profile/cholesterol||blood cholesterol and fat|
|Fe/B12/folate||Iron vitamin B12 folic acid||causes of anaemia|
|Bone||Bone profile||causes of bone disease|
|CXR||Chest X-Ray||looks at the heart and lungs|
|MRI||Magnetic resonance imaging||uses powerful magnets to get detailed body images|
|CT/CAT||Computerised axial tomography||uses multiple X-rays to get detailed body images|
|MSU||Mid stream urine||for urine infections|
|ACR||Albumin creatanine ratio||early signs of kidney disease|
|HbA1c||haemaglobin A1c||measures average blood sugar in diabetes
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 a 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 website.
INDEX - Services
By using this site, you agree that we may store and access cookies on your device. Find out about our cookies.
Functional Cookies are enabled by default at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings and ensure site works and delivers best experience.
3rd Party Cookies
This website uses Google Analytics to collect anonymous information such as the number of visitors to the site, and the most popular pages.
Keeping this cookie enabled helps us to improve our website.