Tests & Results
Results of Tests and Investigations
Wherever possible, please telephone for test results after 3pm to 5pm as this is the period when the telephone lines and administrative staff are least busy and so best able to help.
General Information About Test Results
Please remember that the staff can only act in accordance with the Doctor's instructions so may not be able to give you a result. This does not necessarily mean that there is a problem but simply that the Doctor needs to see you or talk to you to explain the whole situation.
Results can be given to someone other than the patient if previously arranged with Doctor.
The results of tests carried out during hospital visits are not normally sent to the practice.
Results for patients over 16yrs can only be given to the patient.
Below is a rough guide to how long results can take to come through.
Type of Test
Usual Time for Results
|X-Ray||Up to 2 weeks|
|Blood tests||2 - 7 days, depending on the test|
|Urine||Within 7 days|
There are daily blood test clinics at the Laurels Healthy Living Centre, opposite St Ann's Hospital main entrance. Please make an appointment by calling:
020 8887 2143
020 8887 3663
020 8887 3664
Or you can walk in
Blood tests at the Laurels Healthy Living Centre are located close to its reception area, opposite the centre's cafeteria. You need to take a ticket and wait to be called
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.