Results of Tests and Investigations
If you would like to speak to someone to get your results our reception team can read out comments left by GPs about your results Monday to Friday 09:00 - 18:15.
If the GP has not yet commented on the results our Nurses are available to give out results between 13:00 - 13:30 Tuesday, Thursday & Fridays. If you require more information about your results you can request a telephone consultation with a GP, our reception team can book this for you.
It is your responsibility to find out the results of any tests taken at the Practice.
Please wait the indicated number of days before calling for results:
3 Days: Urine, Vaginal Swab
5 Days: Chlamydia, Stool, Swabs, Sputum, Blood Tests
10-14 Days: Nail Clippings, Biopsies
If you had tests elsewhere you can chase your results directly with the hospital or clinic.
Here are some helpful contact details:
Birmingham Women’s Hospital
Metchley Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TG
Tel: 0121 472 1377
Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
Bristol Road South,
Tel: 0121 685 4000
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 childs 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.
Non-Fasting Blood Test – Information
What is the difference between a fasting and non-fasting blood tests?
A fasting test gives you a ‘bottom line’ result – this is the lowest you can expect the sugar and cholesterol figures to be.
If you have eaten just before the test, then the levels of sugar and cholesterol are determined by what you have just eaten – not by your body’s ability to handle these substances.
- If a non-fasting level is high, it might not mean anything at all is wrong.
- If a fasting level is high, then something is definitely wrong.
Why is fasting necessary and if you do eat what does it do to the results of the test?
A fasting glucose test is conducted to determine the amount of sugar or glucose that is in your blood, after refraining from eating or drinking for a set time prior to the test.
This test is known as a “blood sugar” or “plasma glucose” test.
This test is usually the first one conducted when diagnosing diabetes and may also be used periodically to monitor the progress of diabetic individuals.
The test is simple, relatively painless and takes very little time to perform, although it does require advance preparation on order not to disrupt the results.
For a fasting “blood sugar” test, the doctor will have asked you to not eat or drink anything except water for at least eight hours, prior to having your blood test.
If you have any specific nutritional needs that may impact on your ability to fast for the required length of time, please notify the Practice as soon as possible.
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 an 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.