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When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. You will recieve a text or call from the GP advising the next course of action, which may include;
- No further action required
- Call to make a telephone appointment witht he GP
- Call to make an appointment to see the nurse
- Call to make an appointment to see the GP
- Call to make an appointment to see HCA for re-test
Our telephone ambassadors are not qualified to interpirte patient results , though they do have access to view them, and can infomr the patient of what the results are. It is noted that the patient has a responsibility to follow up accordingly to the acitons requested by the GP following on form tests, making any necessary follow-up appointment as may be directed above.
Please note that we do 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.
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.