Test Results

Results of Tests and Investigations

This is NOT always guaranteed (with Covid, at the moment tests are taking slightly longer than usual. Please give up to 7 days before contacting the surgery regarding your results, if you have not heard from us)

Please bear this in mind and call the surgery if you have not received after 7 days or once sufficient time has elapsed. Please try to call us in the afternoon.

Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on individual results. They can only advise patients what values have been reported or any subsequent comments that have been noted by our GPs. Please don't ask a receptionist what a particular result means - this can only be done by a qualified clinician.

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 permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.

Samples

Urine Sample Box

Urine samples can now be placed in the urine sample box situated in our foyer areas at both surgeries (Yapton or Middleton-on-sea). Please remember to fill out the appropriate form supplied by the surgery and attach or wrap the form around your sample before posting.

You do not need to press the intercom to inform us of your sample, as the nurses will be checking the box every hour, in the morning.

We will not accept urine samples after 12pm.

You must place the Urine in a Plastic White top urine sample pot otherwise we can not accept, as other containers can contaminate the sample.

Faeces Samples

These can also be put into the same sample box as urines. Please make sure you put your faeces sample in a blue top pot. We cannot accept in any other container as like before it can end up being contaminated.

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 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.

X-Rays

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.