Results of tests and investigations
After you have had a test we will contact you if the results indicate that we need to speak with you. We may contact you by text (if you have consented to this), by phone or by letter and we will tell you if this is a routine matter OR if it should be done on the same day. If the results do not indicate that we need to speak with you then we will not contact you.
The best way to access your test resuts is via the NHS App, available from the App Store, which gives you access to your GP held medical records. Please note that where resuts say "no further action" that this is a fixed tag added by our cinical system: it does not mean that we feel the patietn does not require any more support.
If your results are normal, but you continue to have symptoms, then you may wish to make a further routine GP appointment to consider the next steps.
You will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results at the time of your test so please bear this in mind before calling.
Please note we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them. This is due to our policy regarding confidentiality and data protection.
If you have online access to your medical records, then you can see all your test results online. Please be mindful that you may see them before the GP or ACP has seen them and had a chance to contact you.
If you see a hospital consultant, and they want you to have a blood test or other test - then it is their responsibility to communicate the results to you.
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 childs 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.
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.