Test Results & Laboratory Specimens

Test Results

Your doctor or nurse may request that you have further investigations. For example blood tests X-rays, etc.

Once the results from these arrive at the surgery they are read by the doctors who mark them appropriately as 'Normal', 'Patient to come in', 'To be repeated', etc.

You can phone for these results between 11am and 5pm when the receptionist will pass on the doctor's instructions to you.

To Get a Test Result

Please allow 5 working days for most blood tests, 2 weeks for X-rays.

You can call 0161 727 3606  for these results between 14:00 and 17:00 when the receptionist will pass on the doctor's instructions to you.

Staff are unable to give out results on the phone outside these times.

For patient confidentiality purposes results can only be passed on to the patient concerned, except in the case of those under 16 years of age or is known by the doctor to be incapable of understanding the information and making their own decisions.

Please do not ask the receptionists to try and interpret results for you. They are not qualified to do so and can only tell you what the doctor has authorised.

To Summarise

We write a short note on the computer for every test that you have, that you can pick up from our receptionists or phone for on our results line.

You need to phone 5 working days (longer for some tests – see below) after a test to get the results. We would not routinely contact you.

We do not automatically get the results of tests organised by a hospital consultant.

Some tests take longer to return to the Practice than others.

Test Times

Below is an approximate guide to how long results can take to come through.

Type of TestUsual Time for Results
Blood tests5 days
X-rays2 weeks
Ultrasound scans2 weeks
Heart scans3 weeks
ECGs (heart traces)1 week
Urine samples for infection5 days
Swabs for infections1 week
Nail clippings for infection2-3 weeks
Urine samples for pregnancy5 days

Blood Tests

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.  If your child requires a blood test your doctor will usually refer on to a specialist paediatric blood clinic at Pendleton Gateway. 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.


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 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 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.


Results for patients over 16yrs can only be given to the patient.

As per our practice policy to ensure patient confidentiality, the staff WILL NOT disclosed any details of the test but will advise you of any action that needs to be taken.

Results can be given to someone other than the patient if previously arranged with Doctor.

Laboratory Specimens

Specimens should be handed in as early in the day as possible. Please ensure your name and date of birth are on the container.

Urine samples that need dipping to check for infection will not be accepted after 3.30pm so please do not bring them in after this as they will be disposed off.