There are a variety of different types of tests and samples you may be asked to hand in to the practice. There is usually a short delay before we receive the results.
You do not need to make an appointment with your doctor to receive your results. Results can be obtained by phoning the practice. All results are read by the doctors or advanced nurse practitioner and comments made which shall be given to you on the phone. If you are then required to make an appointment to discuss these further, the receptionists can do this when you call.
We recommend you wait for a minimum of THREE WORKING DAYS after the test has been performed before calling us for the results. Some test results take longer to come back, so please be patient if there is no result back when you call. Please note you are responsible for contacting the surgery to get the results of your tests.
A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. A blood test usually involves the health care assistant taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. 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
We do not accept samples handed in to reception by patents UNLESS the test has specifically been requested by a clinician who will give you the correct sample bottle for the test and a slip for you to hand in to reception.
Suspected UTI or Cystitis
If you think you may have a possible urinary tract infection, patients must make an urgent appointment in the morning in the express minor illnesses clinic. Clinicians dealing with samples usually need more information before they can treat any infection. If possible please bring a sample with you (i.e. a sterilised container or sample bottle which you can get from the receptionist). The clinician will assess your symptoms and if appropriate will send the sample off to the lab for testing.
If you are asked to hand in a specimen, please do so before noon or your results may be delayed.
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. All x-rays are carried out at the Borders General Hospital. If you have a 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 specializes 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. Results of x-rays can take up to 4 weeks or as advised by the hospital.