Results Of Tests And Investigations
We will contact you by telephone, or by letter, to advise the results of your tests and if you will require further treatment.
If you wish to enquire about the results of your tests, please note that the administrative staff will not be able to give results to you over the phone but will leave a message for the doctor or nurse to contact you.
Adults' results (anyone 16 years of age or above) will not be given to anyone other than the patient, in line with GDPR requirements.
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 (nurse or doctor) 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. Please highlight to reception if you are making an appointment for your child to accomodate extra time needed.