Tests and Results
Please call after 14:00 to enquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request then. Please remember that if your results are a cause for concern, your GP will contact you directly. The receptionists will give you information about your results as advised by your doctor.
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice.
Blood Test Results
Often take three to four days, although some do take longer. Be assured that if your results are unexpected, a member of the clinical team will contact you directly.
X-Rays and Scans
Can take at least a week. Again, we will contact you directly if these results need further discussion.
Must be brought in before 12:00 noon.
Please allow plenty of time for results to be returned, viewed and assessed by the GPs, before ringing for these.
It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if your are advised to do so.
Please note that the Triage Doctor is not available to discuss non-urgent test results.
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 website
Children's Blood Tests
For children up to the age of 16 blood tests are administered at the Day Assessment Unit (DAU) at Salisbury District Hospital.
Be sure to take your blood form and any information given by your GP to the unit.
Fasting Blood Tests
If you require a fasting blood test, please tell the Receptionists who will try and find an appointment as early in the morning as possible. For a fasting blood test, please eat or drink nothing for 12 hours prior to the test, although water is permitted.
You may be sent to the hospital for other tests.
Further information on other medical tests can be found by visiting 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 website.