Results Of Tests And Investigations
Telephone 01403 339818.
Please remember some results take a few weeks to come through. Check with the doctor or practice nurse on how long the results will take.
If you are registered with our enhanced online services you can view your test results.
We will let you know about abnormal results when your doctor needs to see you or a prescription need to be issued. For all other results it is your responsibility to check the results of your test. Our reception staff are not qualified to interpret results and will only give you the doctor's comments.
RESULT OK - all normal
SPEAK TO DOCTOR - this is not urgent and you will need to speak to your registered GP or whoever ordered the test.
DISCUSS WITH DOCTOR - This is not urgent and your registered GP will discuss the results when you are next in. NOTE you do not need to make a special appointment for this
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.
For patients over 15 years old we will need their permission to give results to parents.
Blood tests are taken at Horsham Hospital phlebotomy department. They operate a walk-in service and are opening Monday to Friday from 0800 to 1545.
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.
X-rays are ordered online by your GP and you will need to call Horsham Hospital X-ray department on 01403 227000 to make an appointment. They are open Monday-Friday 0900-1630.
For Chest X-rays there is a walk-in service.
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.
Where your doctor has asked you to drop in any samples for investigation please make sure you drop them into the surgery before 11.00am otherwise they will not be collected until the next day.
We do not accept samples on a Friday after 11.00 am
Alternatively you can drop them into Horsham Hospital but you must ensure they are labelled correctly with your name and Date of Birth together with the request form.