Tests and Results


How and when to obtain test results from the surgery

Results of Tests and Investigations

This is not always guaranteed 

Please bear this in mind and call the surgery if you have not received after 7 days or once sufficient time has elapsed. Please try to call us in the afternoon.

Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on individual results. They can only advise patients what values have been reported or any subsequent comments that have been noted by our GPs. Please don't ask a receptionist what a particular result means - this can only be done by a qualified clinician.

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.

Urine and Faeces Samples

Urine and Faeces samples can be placed in the sample box situated in our foyer areas at both surgeries (Yapton & Middleton-on Sea). Please remember to complete the appropriate form supplied by the surgery and attach or wrap the form around your sample before posting.

You do not need to inform us of your sample. 

We will not accept samples after 12pm. 

Urine samples must be in a white top pot, and Faeces must be in a blue topped pot, any other containers will be rejected, and the sample will not be tested

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. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The childs 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 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 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 website.

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