When the doctor orders a test, they will tell you when and how to get the result. If he / she asks you to phone up for it, please note that the receptionists are not allowed to give out results without speaking to a doctor first. If no doctor is available to speak to you, they will ask one to phone you back. We will usually contact you by phone or letter if a result is abnormal and ask you to make an appointment, but please do NOT assume a result is normal if we do not contact you, as results occasionally go astray.
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.
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.
If the doctor organises a blood test for you this can be done at the following locations:
||Monday and Thursday 11:00am to 11:45am appointment required (for those unable to travel to Kos Clinic/Hospital)
|Kos Clinic Annexe Building
||Monday and Friday 08:30 to 12:30 appointment required
Calderdale Royal Hospital
|Monday to Friday 07:30 - 17:00
|On some occasions due to a high volume of people waiting for their blood test at the end of the day, it may be necessary to close the Phlebotomy Department ten minutes early.
|Church Lane Surgery
||Thursday 12:00 - 13:30 (Warfarin patients only)
||Monday and Wednesday 08:30 - 11:30 (Warfarin patients only)
Please make sure you have the blood form that the doctor gives you when you attend.
Most other investigations including X-rays have to be done at the Calderdale Royal Hospital, although some such as ECGs and lung function tests can be done in the surgery.
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.