Tests and Results

Telephone 01780 437 017 (Sheepmarket) or 01780 764 121 (St Mary’s) after 14:00pm, Monday to Friday.

If your doctor has sent you for tests or investigations you will be advised how and when to obtain the results.

Results of tests can be given by telephone by our administrative and reception staff and you are advised not to make a further appointment until all of the test results have been received unless you have been advised otherwise by your doctor or nurse.

Please note that we like patients to be responsible for finding the results of their tests.

Test results

Most Pathology Lab results arrive back within 2 – 3 working days whilst radiology reports take about a week.

Results of cervical cytology tests taken by the doctor or nurse in the Practice will be notified by letter.

All consultations with any of our practice staff are confidential.

The results of investigations for anyone aged 16 years or over will only be given to the patient, unless it has been agreed otherwise in advance with the doctor arranging the test.


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.

If the doctor or nurse has asked you to provide a pathology sample e.g. urine, stool, sputum, these must be left at reception before 11.00amMonday - Friday.