Test Results

Results of Tests and Investigations

The results of blood tests and X-ray results can be texted to you. Please inform the GP of your mobile number if you have been asked to have a blood test or an X-ray.

Results of blood tests and X-ray reports may also be obtained by ringing reception:

  • Harpenden patients - 01582 712021
  • Wheathampstead patients - 01582 833446

Please try to avoid calling the surgery before 10.00am as the lines are extremely busy with patients booking appointments.

Please note: It is the responsibility of the hospital or specialist to give you the results of any tests they have organised. Please DO NOT contact us for these results.

Our reception staff are not qualified to interpret your results, but can let you know the comment that has been made about them by the doctor.  It is then your responsibility to make any necessary follow-up appointment with the doctor or nurse.

We have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.

Smear Tests

Results of smear tests will be sent to the patient by NHS England. If you have not received your result within four weeks of the test please call us.

Blood Tests

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.

X-Rays

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.