Please remember that if you have blood tests or other investigations, it is a shared responsibility to ensure the results are followed up and no further action is planned. You should enquire about the results and make an appointment to follow up the investigations.
Please telephone for test results, preferably during the quieter part of the working day between 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Most test results are available a week after the test. Make sure to ask, when you are with your Doctor or Nurse, how to obtain the results.
It usually will be one of 3 options:
- We will only inform you if there is a problem
- You will be told to telephone one of our receptionists
- Your Doctor will inform you
The approximate time intervals for standard tests are:
- Blood tests - 5-7 days
- X-rays and Ultrasound - 10-14 days (these are subject to the Hospital providing the report in a timely fashion
- Cervical Smear test - national target is 2 weeks. The result is managed centrally by Hampshire and the Isle of Wight PPSA who will write to you directly. If the result has not been received after four weeks, please contact the surgery
The doctors will advise you if the interval is significantly different. To maintain confidentiality, results will only be given to patients in person or to parents if the patient is under 16.
Pregnancy and HIV test results are only given by the doctor to the patient concerned. Results will not be given to anyone on behalf of a patient and never over the phone.
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.
Getting a Blood Test
If your doctor asks you to have a blood test please speak to reception re appointment options available.
We generally ask that you to attend the daily Phlebotomy Clinics at either the Andover War Memorial Hospital or the Royal Hampshire County Hospital Winchester - no appointment necessary. We do have a limited number of appointments at our clinics run by our Community Phlebotomist and Practice Nurses but these are especially for the elderly or those with transport problems.
If your doctor has asked you to come back to discuss the blood result, please allow a week between having the blood taken and seeing and/or speaking to your doctor again.
Fasting Blood Tests
Your doctor may ask for a fasting blood test (usually for cholesterol and/or blood sugar). If you are asked to have one of these tests, please tell the receptionist so that she can help you to have an early morning appointment as you need to fast overnight. You should have nothing to eat or drink (this includes chewing gum) other than water for at least 12 hours before the blood test; refrain from taking exercise or smoking and avoid alcohol for 24 hours.
We may not always be able offer an early appointment at the surgery but the receptionist will advise you and you can take your form to have the procedure done at either Andover or Winchester Hospital where they hold daily clinics from 7.30am without having to make an appointment.
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.