Test results

Results of Tests and Investigations

Within your medical record you will find all of your test results. Results are displayed with a comment by a GP. These comments are to provide insight into what your results mean and/or what actions have been taken. You are not required to necessarily act on the comments as we will maintain the usual means of contacting you should we need to. This will take the form of a letter or telephone call, depending on the circumstances.

For further information about your results please visit labtestsonline or https://systmonline.tpp-uk.com/2/Login 

You may also feel the need to discuss your results with a doctor or nurse; however we will initiate contact with you if your results determine the need.

If you are unable to use Patient Access please call between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm (telephone lines are closed from 12.30 to 1.30 pm) to enquire about your test results as our staff will have more time to deal with your request between these times.  Please be aware that the staff who give you these results are not medically trained.

Please note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.

When you take your test you will be told how long should be expected before the results are returned to the practice.

It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if your are advised to do so.

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 Choices website.

Hospital Letters

Most of your hospital letters and other documents are available to view on SystmOnline.

. You will be able to keep better track on your healthcare by reading your letters.  

The other benefit of this depth of access is that you will no longer need to contact the practice to ask if letters have been received as you will be able to check yourself.

You will also have access to the telephone numbers and email addresses to hospital departments and hospital staff who are responsible for your secondary health care.


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.