Most test results are available over the phone by calling the surgery on 0207 385 7777
Please allow :
- Up to 2 weeks for blood tests and x-rays
- 2 weeks for radiology (ultrasound)
- 7-10 days for any swabs
- 8-10 weeks for cervical smears
- 7-10 days for urine
- 7-10 days for stools
- 3-5 days for pregnancy test results which can then be obtained by telephone.
However, please bear in mind that the reception staff at the surgery are not medically qualified so if you let them know you are ringing regarding your test results then they will take your telephone number and get the nurse to call you back.
For an explanation about test results please click here.
Please note that certain sensitive test results, such as HIV, will only be given at an appointment with the doctor or nurse. Please discuss this with the nurse at the original appointment, when the sample is taken.
Further information about common tests can be found by clicking here.
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.
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.