When you call us for your test results and personal enquiries please call after the end of morning surgery or in the early afternoon when the staff at our medical centre will have more time to help.
Below you can find a list of the expected wait times for your test results to be ready:
- Blood tests – 5 days
- X-rays – 2 weeks
- Ultrasound scans – 2 weeks
- Heart scans – 3 weeks
- ECGs (heart traces) – 1 week
- Urine samples for infection – 5 days
- Swabs for infections – 1 week
- Nail clippings for infection – 2-3 weeks
- Urine samples for pregnancy – 5 days
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 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: www.nhs.uk/conditions/blood-tests.
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: www.nhs.uk/conditions/x-ray.