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Test Results

Results Of Tests And Investigations

Blood tests results are viewable via your NHS APP.  Please allow up to 10 days for test results to be returned.  Some tests take longer to process.

You should book a follow up appointment with a clinician to review your blood test results for 10 to 14 days after the date your blood test was taken.  This can be a telephone or face to face appointment. A blood test is used as part of an investigation, a normal result does not mean that there is no further investigation needed.

We will ONLY contact you by telephone, or by text in the event that the result is very abnormal and you require an earlier appointment.

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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.


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.

Date published: 13th October, 2023
Date last updated: 13th October, 2023