Tests & Results

Blood & Urine Tests

Blood tests may be required for new (acute) problems, and if so will be authorised by the nurse you see. If a fasting test is required (check with the clinician or reception) you will need to fast for 14 hours beforehand.  However, you may drink water during this period. 

Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease – you will also need a urine test for microalbuminuria – please collect a sample pot from reception.

Results Of Tests And Investigations

To inquire about results of blood tests, urine tests, X-rays or other investigations, please telephone the Medical Centre on 01604 611600 after 13:30; we may ask you to call back if you call before this time.. 

Please note that on occasion results are returned to us in stages (especially urine & stool samples) and should you be informed that a result is negative it may be followed up by a positive result a few days later.  Should this be the case, then the Practice will contact you.

Please allow five working days after the test before phoning.


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.