Tests and results

Blood test

Test results



Most test results take 2-5 working days to come back to the practice, although some results can take longer. 

If a result is urgently abnormal, we will try to contact a patient directly over the phone. Please ensure that the number we have for you is correct.

If your result is normal and you don't need to do anything or if there is a minor abnormality, we will not contact you. You should check your test results online using your online access account. If you do not have online access, you can contact our reception team on 0207 622 1923. The GP will leave a note beside your results to indicate whether they have returned to the practice as normal or if any further action is required.

Whilst the surgery will endeavour to contact you about abnormal results, if you don't hear from us it is strongly recommended that you look up your results online, to minimise the risk of an abnormal result being missed.

For patients who do not have a mobile number or internet access, please contact the surgery on 0207 622 1923 to check your results. 

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 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.