Tests and results

Getting your test results

Once a doctor has reviewed your test results, you can view them  in your NHS account (through the NHS website or NHS App). There is no need to  contact the Practice as the NHS is now promoting all patients to use the NHS app.

When being referred for investigations, please follow up for results. Do not assume that all is well if you don’t hear back from your appointment.

When you attend for a test of any kind the hospital usuall tell you how long you should expect to wait for the results.

If we need to discuss test results with you then please note that test results are treated as confidential and can only be discussed with the person to whom the test results relate or those who are duly authorised.

Mammogram results

If you have had a mammogram then you can obtain the results directly by contacting the Jarvis Centre on (01483 783211) or by visiting: www.breast-screening.surrey.nhs.uk/

Tests

Urine samples

We no longer routinely take Urine samples unless these have been requested by a clinician or the patient has defined symptoms and has completed the symptoms form.

Please see the patient information leaflet and Symptom form.

Semen analysis

This test would only be performed if deemed clinically necessary by a clincian and it is not done routinely. The  pot is a purple pre-labelled container with a type 4 semen analysis forms. The doctor/nurse will request these for you.

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. The usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand, where the veins are relatively close to the surface.

Blood samples taken at our surgery are only taken from patients that are over 8 years old. Blood samples from children are taken at St Peters Hospital for which the parents will be required to make an appointment directly with the hospital.

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS website.

X-ray

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 a 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 website.

MRI scans

Please note the Practice are not permitted to refer patients for an MRI scan. We do not issue prescriptions for sedatives like Diazepam for patients who request such medication prior to an MRI scan.  If you are anxious about having an MRI scan then you should discuss this with your hospital radiology team who can supply videos, online help and prescribe if deemed suitable.

The Royal College of Radiologists states that ,  if clincially required, a “trained and credential team should administer sedation and analgesia”. There is also an emphasis on thorough pre-procedure assessment, planning and monitoring.

The Practice is sympathetic to such situations however this policy is enforced on medico-legal advice. For more information please visit the NHS Website.

Date published: 20th September, 2023
Date last updated: 21st January, 2024