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.

Test 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. 


Blood test

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 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
CRP C-reactive protein

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.