- Making an appointment to see the doctor or the nurse who arranged the test for face-to-face meeting or a telephone consultation.
- We may contact you when the result becomes available. Your doctor may write to you or ask a receptionist to phone you.
Our aim is to make sure that you get all the information about your tests as soon as possible and to ensure that there is no risk of the wrong person getting the results. This is why we sometimes prefer not to give out information over the telephone or by email.
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 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 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.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.