Results Of Tests And Investigations
Patients should contact the surgery for the results of tests and other investigations. Most results should be back within 1 week for the test date.
Please telephone the surgery after 14:00 Monday - Friday to obtain results.
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 explicit consent for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.
The surgery will not normally contact you if your results are normal however if you require a follow-up a member of staff will attempt to contact you. Our first line of contact is usually by telephone however if this is not possible we will send you a letter. Most follow ups are non-urgent as as such we will try to offer you an appointment within 2 weeks.
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. The usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface.
Please note the surgery does not provide a phlebotomy service for children. Children requiring blood tests will need to attend the outpatient clinic at Scunthorpe General Hospital. If this is required a member of staff will provide you with the relevant information.
Adults are able to attend the surgery for blood tests. To do this you will need to book an appointment with our Phlebotomist. Currently blood tests are only being performed at Scunthorpe General Hospital for children or if there is a medical need and all are by appointment system only. Please speak to reception for further details.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
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.