Test Results

Investigations and Results

Why you might have a blood test

  • 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 involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a vein in your arm or sometimes your hand. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website. 

Swabs and other tests

Sometimes the clinician may need confirmation of an infection in order to prescribe antibiotics, Therefore they will request a test to investigate.  They may take a swab, or ask you to produce a urine/stool (faeces) sample.  These will be sent to the pathology lab at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Results Of Tests And Investigations

It is advisable to wait 3-5 days before phoning for blood results. 

Other tests, such as urine/stool and swab take longer to be processed so please wait at least 7-10 days before phoning.

It is your responsiblity to contact us for your results. 

The administrative staff will give results to you or you may be asked to have a follow up appointment with the nurse or doctor. Adults' results will not be given to anyone other than the patient, except in exceptional circumstances and consent given.  

We may contact you by telephone, or by letter, only if a result is abnormal and you require treatment or further investigations, but it is your responsibility to follow up any investigations you have had.