Tests and Investigations
- We are able to receive most routine blood test results within 5 days.
- X-ray results can take 2-3 weeks.
- Specimens that are sent to the hospital need to be received before 11am.
- Occasionally we may need to call you to inform you of an abnormal result.
- Please contact the surgery between 11.00am and 12.00noon to see if your results are back.
- It is very important that we have an up to date contact telephone number.
- Often it is better to give some results in person.
- Reception staff are not qualified to explain results to you.
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Blood tests are an important part of an assessment of an illness but also monitoring for illness. It’s important that these are carried out on a regular basis.
We provide most appointments at the surgery for blood tests but also at the Birmingham Treatment Centre, where results are sent directly to our computers.
Birmingham Treatment Centre – Walk in Service
Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm (closed on bank holidays)
0121 507 4222
Things to know about your blood test
Request form: This is given to you when you see your GP. It is essential that you bring this form with you to have your blood taken.
Fasting and timed tests: Some tests need to be taken at a special time of day (for example, certain drug tests), or when you are fasting. You should be advised of this when the form is given to you. For fasting glucose and triglyceride tests you should have fasted for 10 hours.
Results: Tests are sent back to your doctor. Most tests are available within a working week and most come back electronically. Some tests can take longer, especially if they have to be sent to another laboratory.
Remember it is your responsibility to chase up the results, whether they are blood, stool, urine, X-rays or scans.
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.